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The National Crisis Management Centre
The National Crisis Management Centre (NCMC) facilitates the Central Government crisis management arrangements and offers inter-agency and scalable operability to deal with any type of event or crisis. The NCMC is managed and maintained in a continued state of readiness by the Readiness Unit of the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM).

The NCMC is situated below ground in the Beehive (Parliament buildings) sub-basement, contained within the outer perimeter of the building. Its design is aimed at maximum self-sustainability in the event of a major Wellington earthquake or other local disasters and service failures. These measures and facilities include:
  • Seismic protection to withstand earthquake loadings associated with a MMX (Modified Mercalli Ten) event.
  • Emergency water supply from a 120,000-litre water tank.
  • Emergency power supply through two standby diesel generators and an additional battery system for emergency lighting.
  • An independent IT network supported by its own servers and back-up capabilities.
  • An independent telecommunications system, backed up by alternative communication links such as satellite telephone and HF radio systems.
  • An independent air conditioning and filtering system.
  • Security systems.
  • Fully equipped generic operations areas, offices and meeting/conference facilities.
  • A fully equipped cafeteria capable of catering for up to 100 persons at a time. Some basic emergency food supplies are carried.
  • Sleeping accommodation, ablution and first aid facilities.

NCMC operations roomActivation
When activated for a CDEM event, the NCMC is staffed by MCDEM Wellington personnel and liaison officers from other relevant government and support agencies (depending on the level of activation and the demands dictated by the event). From the NCMC, the Ministry:
  • Monitor and assess CDEM events and local and regional CDEM emergencies.
  • Collect, analyse and disseminate information on events/emergencies.
  • Action requests for operational and logistical support from local level CDEM response.
  • Accommodate, inform and guide meetings of Central Government structures on response requirements.
  • During a national emergency, manage and control the entire response to the event.

The Ministry holds monthly NCMC training sessions for its staff in order to exercise NCMC response and procedures under different event scenarios.