Response and Recovery Leadership Development Programme

Find information about building response and recovery leadership capability in New Zealand.

Response and Recovery Leadership Programme

Leaders play a vital role in the management of a response to, or recovery from, an emergency event. Such events provide leaders with both challenges and opportunities: decisions are often required at a time of uncertainty and leaders must coordinate, direct, influence and facilitate others towards common outcomes.

The Response and Recovery Leadership Programme offered by Response & Recovery Aotearoa New Zealand (RRANZ) aims to support Controllers, Recovery Managers and Response Managers across the National Security System to develop their response and recovery management and leadership capabilities at local, regional and national levels.

The Response and Recovery Leadership Programme is offered in two tiers. Both tiers include online learning followed by face-to-face participation in active learning and exercises. Tier 1 has an operational focus intended to build common capabilities for response and recovery, whereas Tier 2 has a strategic focus with more specialisation for the separate response and recovery leadership roles.


Find out more about the Response and Recovery Leadership Programme


Applications are welcomed from Controllers, Recovery Managers or Response Managers, or those who are following a learning pathway and developing into these roles.

You can access the application form on the RRANZ website.

Before completing the application form please ensure you have the permission of your manager and organisation. For CDEM group applicants that wish to use the CDEM training fund please have a discussion with the CDEM Group Manager of your area to ensure they endorse the application.

Dates for upcoming Tier One courses can be found at Tier 1 - RRANZ.


Response and Recovery Leadership Capability Framework

The Response and Recovery Leadership Capability Framework is based on international research and has been workshopped with local, regional and central government agency stakeholders. It details the capabilities expected in leaders within Response and Recovery and forms the basis of the programme. Individuals can use the framework to understand their own skill levels and organisations can use it to inform staff development.

Response and Recovery Leadership Capability Framework - May 2020 (PDF 798KB)


Work on developing an Accreditation programme is currently underway.