National Crisis Management Centre

The National Crisis Management Centre (NCMC) is for central government crisis management. It is designed for many agencies and for any type or level of emergency.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) manages the NCMC facility. NEMA maintains it so that it is ready for an emergency at any time. 

The NCMC is under the Beehive (Parliament buildings). It is designed to be self-sufficient in a major Wellington earthquake or other similar event.  

The NCMC has: 

  • seismic protection for earthquake loadings up to a MMX (Modified Mercalli Ten) event;
  • emergency water supply; 
  • emergency power supply; 
  • an independent IT network with its own servers and backup; 
  • an independent telecommunications system and backup  communication;an independent air conditioning and filtering system; 
  • security systems; 
  • fully equipped operations areas;  
  • offices and meeting/conference facilities; 
  • A cafeteria capable of catering for up to 100 people at a time; 
  • emergency food; and 
  • sleeping accommodation, hygiene and first aid facilities.


The NCMC is also used as NEMA’s National Coordination Centre (NCC). As an NCC, NEMA: 

  • monitors and assesses emergency events; 
  • collects, analyses and disseminates information; 
  • coordinates national support to local and regional response; 
  • accommodates, informs and takes direction from meetings of Government crisis management structures. 
  • directs the entire response during a state of national emergency. 

Alternative NCMC

The Alternative National Crisis Management Centre (NCMC) is a national emergency management facility. It is in Auckland and will be for managing a national emergency if the Wellington NCMC cannot be used. 

Learn more about the Alternative NCMC.