Regulatory Framework Review (“Trifecta”) Programme

This page provides information about the Regulatory Framework Review Programme

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has established a Regulatory Framework Review Programme (also known as the “Trifecta”) to bring together three projects that have significant alignment. The projects are:

The Programme will ensure the Act, Plan Order/Guide, and NDRS Roadmap are aligned in content and outcomes, as well as ensuring the projects are coordinated and aligned with other NEMA projects and workstreams.

The Programme is guided by the vision and goal of the National Disaster Resilience Strategy:

  • Our Vision: New Zealand is a disaster resilient nation that acts proactively to manage risks and build resilience in a way that contributes to the wellbeing and prosperity of all New Zealanders.
  • Our Goal: To strengthen the resilience of the nation by managing risks, being ready to respond to and recover from emergencies, and by enabling, empowering and supporting individuals, organisations, and communities to act for themselves and others, for the safety and wellbeing of all.

The Programme is also aligned with the Emergency Management System Reform (EMSR) work programme based on the Government response to the Technical Advisory Group’s recommendations Delivering better responses to natural disasters and other emergencies.

The Programme will incorporate feedback received to date through the development of the Strategy and the Emergency Management System Reform work programme.  It will also coordinate stakeholder engagement and communications across the three projects to ensure it is effective and streamlined.

The Programme will improve the emergency management system by:

  • Improving the clarity of roles and responsibilities across the emergency management system
  • Maximising the opportunity of legislative and regulatory change to update and improve the CDEM Act and National CDEM Plan Order, so they are fit for purpose
  • Providing advice on regulatory, legislative and policy solutions to ensure that the emergency management system is responsive, inclusive and effective and recognises the role of Māori as Treaty partners
  • Improving locally led emergency management, including by continuing to implement the Government’s response to the Technical Advisory Group.

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Programme resources

Trifecta Programme Initial Stakeholder Sector Survey Results

The Programme ran an Initial Stakeholder Survey for two weeks in May 2021. This was focused on gathering feedback from our stakeholders around the usability and usefulness of the Act, the Plan Order and the Guide and how these could be improved.

Results from the survey have been published in an infographic and summary report. These documents share the key findings from over 300 respondents who completed the survey.

Thank you to everyone who completed the survey. Your responses will inform the development of a new, more flexible and responsive regulatory framework. We will be undertaking further targeted stakeholder engagement and consultation in the coming months and there will also be opportunities for public consultation during the Programme.