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 emergency.

The NCMC is managed and maintained in a continued state of readiness by the National Emergency Management Agency.

The NCMC is situated below ground in the Beehive (Parliament buildings). 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.
  • Emergency power supply.
  • An independent IT network and emergency management information system supported by its own servers and back-up capabilities.
  • An independent telecommunications system, backed up by alternative communication links such as microwave and satellite 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.


When activated for a CDEM emergency, the NCMC is primarily staffed by the National Emergency Management Agency Wellington based personnel and officers from relevant support agencies. From the NCMC, the Agency:

  • Monitors and assesses CDEM emergencies.
  • Collects, analyses and disseminates information.
  • Actions and coordinates national support to local level CDEM response.
  • Accommodates, informs and takes direction from meetings of Central Government crisis management structures.
  • During a state of national emergency, directs the entire response to the event.

The Agency holds fortnightly NCMC training sessions for its staff.