Response and recovery leadership capability development

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.

A Response and Recovery Leadership Capability Framework will be available here soon.

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 (PDF 111kb)


Nominations are welcomed from Controllers, Recovery Managers or Response Managers, or those who are developing in these areas, from all response levels. Nomination forms will be reviewed regularly by the selection panel and selection will be confirmed no later than 2 weeks before the start of the online dates.

Before completing the nomination form please ensure you have the permission of your line manager and organisation.

Note, completing the nomination form does not guarantee you will be selected for the Programme. If not selected, feedback will be provided.

Complete the Response and Recovery Leadershiop nomination form

Dates for Response and Recovery Leadership Programme

Upcoming Tier 1 course dates

Note: Part 1 courses include a 1-hour Zoom meeting each Wednesday. Part 1 must be completed before undertaking Part 2. Locations for Part 2 will be advised in due course.

Part 1 (online) - Week beginning:

  • 17 August 2020
  • 5 October 2020
  • 3 November 2020
  • 22 February 2021
  • 3 May 2021
  • 16 August 2021
  • 4 October 2021

Part 2 (face-to-face 1 week block):

  • 23 November 2020
  • 15 February 2021
  • 19 April 2021
  • 2 August 2021
  • 22 November 2021

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.