National arrangements for welfare in New Zealand are set out in Section 12 - Welfare, of The Guide to the National Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan, 2006.
The Guide contains detailed information regarding the roles and mandates of government agencies, non-government agencies, and CDEM Groups for the provision of welfare during emergencies.
Note: The National Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan and the Guide to the National Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan are currently under review.
This guideline supports and expands on the new welfare arrangements in the National CDEM Plan 2015, and in the Coordinated Incident Management System (CIMS). It is intended to be the comprehensive reference for welfare services in an emergency reflecting the elevated status of the Welfare function in emergency management, and capturing the new or expanded roles and responsibilities of various welfare services agencies.
The National Welfare Coordination Group (NWCG) was established in 2003 to oversee welfare recovery arrangements.
The NWCG represents a national-level cluster of social and other agencies that together, are responsible for the strategic planning and coordination of welfare. The NWCG ensures that plans are in place to support, at a national level, the coordination and effective delivery of welfare services.
The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) chairs and convenes the NWCG and is mandated to coordinate the welfare function in a state of national emergency or when effective coordination of agencies at the CDEM Group level requires national support. The Chair of the NWCG reports welfare issues to the National Controller during response. During recovery the NWCG Chair liaises with the National Recovery Manager.
Member agencies represented on the NWCG are listed in Section 12 of the Guide to the National CDEM Plan. Further responsibilities and tasks of the NWCG are outlined in the Director’s Guideline - Welfare in an emergency.
The document Administrative Arrangements for Welfare Support During an Influenza Pandemic - Consolidated pandemic influenza welfare material as at April 2010 was prepared and endorsed by the Ministry of Social Development, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management.
This document should be used for pandemic planning in conjunction with Ministry of Health guidance.