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Disaster events result in consequences that affect individuals, communities, regions and nations depending on the scale and seriousness of the event. The establishment of recovery activity begins immediately after the impact of an event and works in parallel with response activities.

Recovery is defined as: ‘The coordinated efforts and processes to effect the immediate, medium and long term holistic regeneration of a community following a disaster’. Recovery is a developmental and a remedial process encompassing the following activities:

  • Minimising the escalation of the consequences of the disaster;
  • Regeneration of the social, emotional, economic and physical well-being of individuals and communities;
  • Taking opportunities to adapt to meet the social, economic, natural and built environments future needs; and
  • Reducing future exposure to hazards and their associated risks.
Introduction to Recovery
Interested in understanding the basics of Recovery Management in New Zealand? The online module below is an Introduction to Recovery and has been prepared as essential learning for people involved in recovery management. Topics covered in the module are:
  • Definition of Recovery
  • Holistic Framework for Recovery
  • Generic Recovery Structure
  • National Recovery Management Structure
  • The CDEM Act and Recovery
  • Cornerstones of Recovery
  • Key Recovery Challenges
Access the online module Introduction to Recovery

Recovery guidelines and planning documents
‘Focus on Recovery’ provides a framework for recovery planning and management in New Zealand

for local government, Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Groups and government
Download a copy of
Focus on Recovery here (pdf 1.6MB)
Download Section 25: Recovery ( pdf), of the Guide to the National CDEM Plan

Group Recovery Report Template.
The template below is designed to be used by Group Recovery Managers or local Recovery Managers when providing consolidated recovery reporting to the Ministry following an emergency. The template has been developed over the last 5 years recovery reporting. CDEM Groups can make any minor changes they need to (such as deleting references to TA's if not applicable), but are asked to retain all sections and report on all indicated content.
Download the template (doc 100kB)

Recovery Management Directors Guidelines 2005
Download a copy of the Recovery Management Directors Guidelines 2005 (pdf 1.5MB)

Recovery Managers
The Group Recovery Manager’s role is to facilitate and coordinate the short/medium/long term recovery activities for
the affected community/communities within the CDEM Group.

Recovery Action Plan Template (doc 57KB)
The human face of recovery (doc 42kB)
The social dimension of recovery (pdf 1Mb)