Guide to the National Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan 2015

The Guide to the National Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan 2015 (the Guide) sets out the arrangements, roles, and responsibilities of agencies for the national management, or support to local management, of emergencies.

The Guide incorporates the wording of the new National CDEM Plan 2015, which states the principles, arrangements, and frameworks that apply to the management of emergencies.  The Guide supports this wording with further detail, diagrams, and operational information.

Both the new Guide and National CDEM Plan 2015 replace the previous National Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan 2005 and supporting Guide on 1 December 2015.

If you or your organisation holds copies of the old Plan and Guide, please have them destroyed or labelled ‘superseded’.

2015 revision

A review of the Guide to the National CDEM Plan 2009 commenced in early 2015 with the aim of:

  • realigning it with the new National CDEM Plan 2015, which was given formal approval by the Governor General on 2 June 2015 and made as Order in Council
  • improving documentation of further enhanced arrangements, and
  • providing an up-to-date navigational tool for agencies and CDEM Groups to source relevant material on specific CDEM functions across the 4Rs.

The 2015 revision involved amending outdated information, reflecting policy or work programme changes, and arrangements when further clarification or information was required. As a result:

  • all existing sections have been updated and republished (version 1.3)
  • several new sections have been added, including sections on:
    • National Emergency Management Agency
    • New Zealand Defence Force
    • Building management
    • Science and research organisations
    • Reduction
    • Planning
    • Monitoring and evaluation
    • Logistics

The 2015 revision involved consultation and collaboration with the CDEM sector, agencies with responsibilities under the National CDEM Plan 2015, and a range of other agencies and organisations who contribute to, or support, emergency management in New Zealand. 

As relationships, activities, and operational arrangements continue to develop, these will be reflected in the Guide, which is designed to be a ‘living document’.

Downloading copies of the Guide

The Guide to the National CDEM Plan 2015 in full (.pdf 5mb) (revised 5 May 2017)

Download by Section

Cover page, contents, summary of sections, and preface (.pdf 527kb)

Section 1. Introduction (.pdf 156kb)

Section 2. Hazards and risks (.pdf 145kb)

Section 3. Management of emergencies (.pdf 235kb)

Section 4. General roles and responsibilities (.pdf 66kb)

Section 5. Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM) (.pdf 58kb)

Section 6. Civil Defence Emergency Management Groups (CDEM Groups) (.pdf 343kb)

Section 7. Clusters (.pdf 65kb)

Section 8. Emergency services (.pdf 47kb)

Section 9. New Zealand Police (.pdf 86kb)

Section 10. Fire services (.pdf 128kb)

Section 11. Health and disability services (.pdf 240kb)

Section 12. New Zealand Defence Force (.pdf 53kb)

Section 13. Lifeline utilities (.pdf 385kb)

Section 14. Welfare services (.pdf 1,008kb)

Section 15. Building management (.pdf 98kb)

Section 16. Science and research organisations (.pdf 58kb)

Section 17. Reduction (.pdf 64kb)

Section 18. Readiness (.pdf 49kb)

Section 19. Planning (.pdf 67kb)

Section 20. Capability development (.pdf 57kb)

Section 21. Exercising and testing (.pdf 57kb)

Section 22. Monitoring and evaluation (.pdf 127kb)

Section 23. Public education and community engagement (.pdf 54kb)

Section 24. Response (.pdf 52kb)

Section 25. National warnings and advisories (.pdf 659kb) (revised 5 May 2017)

Section 26. National Crisis Management Centre (NCMC) (.pdf 63kb)

Section 27. Emergency Information Management (.pdf 56kb)

Section 28. Public Information Management (.pdf 296kb) (revised 5 May 2017)

Section 29. Logistics (.pdf 151kb)

Section 30. Mass evacuation (.pdf 74kb)

Section 31. International assistance for New Zealand (.pdf 196kb)

Section 32. Recovery (.pdf 433kb)

Section 33. Government financial support to local authorities (.pdf 119kb)

Appendix 1. Supporting plans (.pdf 46kb)

Appendix 2. Definitions and abbreviations (.pdf 127kb)

Appendix 3. Agencies with roles and responsibilities in this Guide (.pdf 225kb)