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Monday 11 Dec - 1:16 pm

National Emergency Management Conference 2017

Another packed and ambitious programme of international and domestic speakers all discussing the "Future of Emergency Management: making it happen’.

Conference Videos Now Available

To help interested parties get the most out of our Conference we videoed our speakers. These videos are available here.

Making it happen: MCDEM Conference 2017

Conference included presentations from a range of knowledgeable and experienced leaders including Sir Mark Solomon (Ngai Tahu), Gilbert Enoka (all Blacks Mental Skills coach), Craig Fugate (ex-FEMA Administrator) and Rob Jamieson (Orion CEO). With insights and lessons in risk management, resilience, business continuity, behaviour change, science communication, strategy and innovation, the conference should provide something of value to those working across the National Security System, Civil Defence Emergency Management and beyond.

The 2017 Ministerial Awards and Directors awards were presented as part of Conference Dinner (07 June).  Awarded to those who have gone above and beyond, the awards are our chance to say thank you to some of CDEM's shining lights.

Follow live coverage of the conference on Twitter via @NZCDEM or #NZCDEM17. 

Where: Intercontinental Hotel, Wellington

When: Conference 07-08 June. Conference Dinner 07 June. Workshops: 09 June

Registrations: are now closed. 

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Look who’s talking: Plenary Speakers 2017

Craig Fugate 

W. Craig Fugate served as President Barack Obama’s Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator from May 2009 to January 2017.  Previously, he served as Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s Emergency Management Director from 2001-2009.  Fugate led Florida Emergency Management Agency through multiple record-breaking disaster years and oversaw the Federal Government’s response to major events such as the Joplin and Moore Tornadoes, Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Matthew, and the 2016 Louisiana flooding. FEMA’s effectiveness in dealing with more than 500 Presidentially-declared major disasters and emergencies under Fugate’s leadership restored public faith in the Federal Government’s ability to respond to disasters.

Twitter: @WCraigFugate 

Sir Mark Solomon 

Born and raised in Christchurch Sir Mark’s ancestral home is Kaikōura. As a prominent Ngai Tahu member whose dream is to see his people be culturally strong, healthy and happy. Achieving this dream is complex, but Sir Mark believes that Ngai Tahu are a tenacious people who have a long and proven history of being able to adapt and innovate. He believes they will continue these traditions today guided by a set of values handed down by their ancestors

Gilbert Enoka 

Gilbert Enoka has a 16-year history with the All Blacks, first as their mental skills coach and now as manager. With the All Blacks for over 200 tests, Enoka is an expert in the psychology behind individual and team sporting success and how this can be applied to any walk of life. 

Rob Jamieson 

Rob Jamieson is Chief Executive of Orion, the electricity network covering 8,000 square kilometres of Christchurch City and Selwyn District. An electrical engineer, in his 23 years delivering power with Orion, Rob has experienced more natural events than he cares to remember.

Rob is excited about the opportunity New Zealand has to help the planet through decarbonising transport using our renewable electricity system. He’s proud to be a part of the growth and renewal of the Canterbury region. 

Lillian Grace 

Lillian is CEO and Founder of Figure.NZ, the first organisation globally to assert that everyone can use data in their thinking, and to build the systems, software, relationships and trust to enable this. Figure.NZ provides a data publishing service to organisations with data, standardising it and making it truly usable for everyone regardless of skill level. Lillian is on the recently established Data Futures Partnership Working Group, on the Expert Advisory Panel of the Open Government Partnership, as well as on the board of NZ’s Centre of Research Excellence Te Pūnaha Matatini. 

Twitter @Gracefullillian  @FigureNZ

Dave Wild 

Dave Wild is a Futurist who facilitates strategy sessions and runs innovation workshops – helping leaders and teams achieve more through greater imagination and faster action. Accelerating progress through clarity of strategy and innovative action plans, while inspiring and unifying teams by creating a powerful vision and meaningful purpose.He has led workshops across New Zealand, Australia and the United States. His experience covers a broad range of expertise including strategy, leadership, branding, digital and innovation.Unique to Dave’s approach is a Futurist focus on the new, identifying megatrends across markets while applying new insights from global innovation leaders.

Website: : LinkedIn: : Twitter: @dave_wild : Facebook:

Te Rehia Papesch

Te Rëhia held a number of positions at the Ministry of Social Development until her appointment to the role of Regional Commissioner in 1998.

She holds a Certificate in Maori Studies (Tikanga, Te Reo); a diploma in Business Studies (Personnel Management and Employee Relations); a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Politics, and has completed the Regional Director Programme with the Institute of Directors. She was also a Registered Psychiatric Nurse.

In addition, Te Rehia sits on the Taiohi Toa Trust Board as Chair (intervention programmes for youth at risk of offending).  She is currently on the Fraser High School Board of Trustees and also current Treasurer, Hui Te Rangiora Catholic Marae Committee Inc, Hamilton.

Twitter: @msdgov

From the local experts: Concurrent Speakers 2017

Theme 1: Wellington: 7 months on from the Kaikoura earthquakes

The Kaikoura earthquake placed renewed emphasis on Wellington vulnerability to a major earthquake. Since then, various agencies have been working o projects including business continuity, building strengthening, community education and more. Find out what’s been done and what the plans are for the future. 

Speakers include: Simon Fleischer, CEO Wellington Cable Car Company and Local Controller, Jenny Rains Community Services Manager, Wellington City Council, Mayor Ray Wallace, Mayor Hutt City, Derek Baxter, Building Intelligence Manager Wellington City Council.

Theme 2: Canterbury: 7 months on from the Kaikoura earthquakes

The November 2016 7.8 earthquake had significant impacts on the Hurunui, Marlborough and Kaikoura districts. Since then, major recovery efforts have been ongoing in all three Districts. Find out how things have been going, what’s been achieved to date and the lessons learned along the way.  

Speakers include:  Mayor Winton Dalley, Hurunui, Danny Smith, Recovery Manager – Kaikoura District Counci, Paul Wylie, Recovery Manager – Hurunui District Council

Theme 3: Changing behaviours; bringing NZ with us

Changing behaviours is a complex business. Successful campaigns require a combination of strategic long-term plans, mutli-channel delivery and constant revision and assessment. Hear how it’s done from some of the experts in behaviour change. 

Speakers include: Boyd Broughton, ASH, Rachel Prince, NZTA, Kirsten Malpas, ACC, Barbara Hegan, HPA, Edy MacDonald, DOC, Bill Smith, Ecological Associates

Theme 4: Communicating Risk: understanding the context

Just what is risk communication? Depending on who you ask you’ll get very different definitions and applications. The panel will discuss various applications of ‘risk communication’ and shed some light on some of the successes and unexpected outcomes of communicating NZ’s risks.  

Speakers include: Hollei Gabrielsen, DOC, Sarb Johal, Joint Centre for Disaster Research, Julia Becker, GNS, Jae Sutherland, Hawkes Bay Emergency Management

Theme 5: Organisational Resilience

A topic of a great deal of recent focus, work and discussion, ‘organisational resilience’ is key to the long-term anagement of New Zealand's risks… but what exactly is it? How does it work? How can, and how should, organisations be working towards organisational resilience? How does business continuity fit in? Is it the same thing? Come along and find out from the experts.  

Speakers include: Glen Redstall, Business Continuity Institute, Mary Sue Critchlow, Critchlow Ltd, Bryce Davies, Erica Seville, ResOrgs Ltd, Jessica Sharpe, Air NZ. 

Theme 6: Collective Impact

From education to health to welfare to hazard and risk management collective impact approaches can be used to effect change across all manner of fields. Come and find out about the power of working together to address some of NZ’s most complex issues. 

Speakers include: Erena Most, Ruapehu Whanau Project, Maureen Gillon, Porirua Education Initiative, Tanya James, Collaboration for Impact

Conference Workshops

Workshop 1.1 Are you certifiable for being in emergency management? Host: International Association of Emergency Managers

There are currently 1986 Certified Emergency Managers or Associate Emergency Managers in the world. The majority of these are in North America. Certification began there in 1993. Like chartered accountants and engineers, maintaining a peer assessed professional development driven credential matters in emergency management too. CEM® and AEM® are internationally recognised credentials  awarded in recognition of professional experience, continued learning in the profession and contribution to advancing the field of emergency management. Many New Zealand emergency managers probably meet the criteria to gain certification, because, quite simply, we all constantly work pretty darn hard to make our communities, organisations and ourselves ready for the next big emergency. At this session we will provide information about the certification, and how to get it, as well as answer your questions as we go along. Target audience: Emergency Managers across all disciplines including but not limited to emergency services, civil defence, health, military,  government agencies and private sector.

Contact: Clinton Naude

Workshop 1.2 Emerging infectious diseases and pandemics: crosssectoral issues and challenges. Host: Ministry of Health

The 1918 influenza pandemic is widely considered the most deadly event in New Zealand  and this workshop will explore the impact of another severe novel influenza virus across sectors in 2017. This workshop will familiarise participants with key terminology and concepts in communicable disease readiness and response as well as exploring the range of mitigation measures, and their wider impact, within the New Zealand Pandemic Action Plan. The workshop with utilise the Avalanche exercise simulation system to provide an interactive experience for participants and participation is recommended for all agencies

Contact: Charles Blanch

Workshop 1.3 Calculating Risk in the CDEM sector: RiskScape workshop Host: GNS

The CDEM sector is becoming increasingly responsible for reducing risk to natural hazards. This workshop will provide an overview of how possible impacts of natural hazards can be calculated using cutting edge models in RiskScape, a risk modelling tool that is free for anyone to use. Members of the CDEM sector have identified that RiskScape can be used for contingency planning, developing exercises, writing Group Plans and Regional Policy Statements, and for communicating to the public and decision-makers. RiskScape has been developed for New Zealand, is based on local data and evidence-based research, and is led by GNS Science and NIWA. Come along with questions about RiskScape, and have a go at using it.

Contact: Sally Potter

Workshop 2.1 Sharing lessons for tsunami preparedness: learnings from the US Cascadia Rising 2016 exercise Host: GNS

The Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ), in the Pacific Northwest, USA has loomed over scientists, the academic community, and emergency managers for many years. The importance of the CSZ scenario was reflected in the number of people and jurisdictions that contributed to the Cascadia Rising 2016 Exercise. For two years leading up to the exercise in June 2016, regional partners at all levels designed, hosted, and attended working group meetings, training events, drills, and other preparation activities. These efforts culminated on June 7-10, 2016, when more than 20,000 people across local, state, federal, tribal, Department of Defense, and non-governmental entities participated in the Cascadia Rising 2016 Exercise, the Pacific Northwest’s largest multi-state functional exercise. A multi-state joint after-action report (AAR) synthesized regionally significant issues observed during the Cascadia Rising 2016 Exercise. Specifically, the AAR identifies major findings related to how emergency operations centres (EOCs) at all levels—cities, counties, state, tribes, federal, military, and others—collaborated to share information and solve problems in the aftermath of a catastrophic scenario. In this workshop we will host two State of Washington Emergency Management staff and discuss both their lessons and learnings from our own Exercise Tangaroa.

Contact: David Johnston

Workshop 2.2 Risk Communication in Context Host: MCDEM

Communicating with the public before, during and after emergencies is a fundamental part of our practice as emergency managers.  You are welcomed to attend a research-informed workshop targeted to emergency managers and natural hazards scientists. In this workshop, we will focus on developing communication strategies which bridge the diverse backgrounds and disciplinary cultures, which make up our community. We will look at the ways in which we can develop our own individual and collective communication best practices which are suited to the right context. We will also explore reflective practice, which helps professionals to focus on what they are trying to achieve and whether they are hitting the right mark.

Workshop materials

Contact: Jacqueline Dohaney Twitter @jackiedohaney

Sponsored by: Communication Research and Natural Hazards (CRNH) network. Find us on Facebook or ESocSci 

Workshop 2.3 Animal welfare emergency management: the impacts on all functions of emergency management and how it can be integrated into your organisation’s framework and response strategy Host: MPI/Massey University

Animals play an important role in everyday life of New Zealanders. The intrinsic connection between people and animals impacts all components of emergency management and the lack of consideration of this connect can impede emergency response for example evacuation, sheltering, lifelines including the transportation sector. This workshop will outline how organisations who generally don't considered animals in the response framework can include simple steps to mitigate the impact of animals in their response strategies. Target audience: Police, fire, human service organisations, controllers, transport, lifeline agencies and all agencies who have a lead or support role in welfare sub-functions.

Contact: Hayley Squance

Conference Programme 

Wednesday 7 June | Conference Day 1

Tea and Coffee
Mihi Whakatau

Opening Address
Hon Nathan Guy, Minister of Civil Defence


Plenary 1
‘A Resilient Future’
Craig Fugate

Morning tea 
Concurrent Sessions* 
  Theme 1:  Wellington: 7 months on from the Kaikoura earthquakes Theme 2: Canterbury: 7 months on from the Kaikoura earthquakes
Plenary 2
A Māori Response to a Disaster
Ta Mark Solomon
Afternoon tea 
Concurrent Sessions*
  Theme 3: Changing behaviours; bringing NZ with us Theme 4: Communicating Risk: understanding the context
Ministerial Awards & Conference Dinner

 * Concurrent sessions feature short presentations from a number of speakers, followed by a Q&A panel

Thursday 8 June | Conference Day 2

Tea and Coffee

Plenary 3
Performing under pressure – making it happen
Gilbert Enoka


Plenary 4
Resilience every day
Rob Jamieson


Plenary 5
Mahi Tahi Working Together
Te Rehia Papesch

Morning tea 
Concurrent Sessions* 
  Theme 5: Organisational Resilience Theme 6: Collective Impact

Plenary 6
How everyone can get situational
awareness through data
Lillian Grace

Afternoon tea 

Closing Plenary
Making the Future Happen
Dave Wild


  * Concurrent sessions feature short presentations from a number of speakers, followed by a Q&A panel

Friday 9 June | Side Workshops

Tea and coffee  

Workshop 1.1
Are you certifiable for being in emergency management?
Host: International Association of Emergency Managers

Workshop 1.2
Emerging infectious diseases and pandemics: cross-sectoral issues and challenges.
Host: Ministry of Health

Workshop 1.3
Calculating Risk in the CDEM sector: RiskScape workshop
Host: GNS


Workshop 2.1
Sharing lessons for tsunami preparedness: learnings from the US Cascadia Rising 2016 exercise
Host: GNS

Workshop 2.2
Risk Communication in Context

Workshop 2.3
Animal welfare emergency management: the impacts on all functions of emergency management and how it can be integrated into your organisation’s framework and response strategy
Host: MPI/Massey University