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Key MCDEM Staff

John Hamilton, Director
As Director of the Ministry, Mr Hamilton provides the strategic leadership for the team. He joined civil defence in 2006 following a lengthy career in the Royal New Zealand Air Force first as a helicopter pilot and later in a variety of senior operational command and leadership appointments.

The Director is responsible to the Chief Executive of the Department of Internal Affairs for leading the development of structures and processes to support individuals and communities in reducing risk, increasing readiness and managing the response and recovery activities at the national level in civil defence emergencies.
Duties during an activation
The Director participates as a member of ODESC to develop and co-ordinate advice to the Minister and Government. During a state of national emergency the Director directs and controls the resources available for civil defence emergency management.

    David Coetzee, Manager Capability and Operations
    Duties during an activation
    Becomes National controller and co-ordinates the national support or management of the emergency event.

    Sarah Stuart-Black, Manager Analysis and Planning

    Tasks include:

    • coordinating science advice and the application of research
    • national planning
    • the development of guidance and doctrine
    • international engagement
    • managing relationships with partner Departments and agencies at the national level.

    Shane Bayley, Manager Development

    The Development Manager is responsible for engagement and liaison with Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Groups and local authorities on their statutory responsibility for delivering all aspects of CDEM to their communities.

    Vince Cholewa, Public Information Manager
    To coordinate all aspects of public information including media liaison, information centres, public enquiries and reception of VIP visitors.
    Duties during an activation
    Key point of contact between the Ministry and the media.
    Contact details:24/7 media number 04-494 6951 Email: