Media Release Archive
Non-emergency related media releases issued by MCDEM
Media releases issued by the Minister of Civil Defence are published on the Beehive website.
In the last few weeks Waihi Village was evacuated because of a threatened landslide, Wellington rail and road links were closed by slips, tornadoes struck Kaitaia and Opunake, heavy rain caused flooding in Gisborne district and a large earthquake, followed by aftershocks, occurred in Fiordland.
27 Jul 2009
The purchase of an electronic emergency management information system (EMIS) for the National Crisis Management Centre (NCMC) has come a step closer today with the issuing of registration of interest (ROI) documentation.
A formal “Administrative Arrangement” between the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management and the Attorney-General’s Department of Australia has helped create better links between New Zealand’s and Australia’s national emergency management agencies.
11 May 2009
The first anniversary of the Wenchuan earthquake, which claimed more than 70,000 lives and displaced 5 million people, will be marked at a New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering (NZSEE) presentation at Victoria University at the exact time of the earthquake on Tuesday May 12.
The earthquake that has struck the Abruzzo region of Italy is a tragic reminder that New Zealanders need to be prepared for earthquakes here.
The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management is encouraging local authorities and other organisations to comment on draft Building Safety Evaluation Guidelines.
21 Jan 2009
The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management announced today that it recorded 968 weather and geological events in 2008.
Maintaining strong international links is, necessarily, a priority for civil defence emergency management in New Zealand.
UNESCO led tsunami exercise, “Pacific Wave 2008” is an opportunity for the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management to train staff and test its response to Pacific tsunami bulletins.
07 Oct 2008
A warning to people channel surfing tomorrow night or starting to watch Aftershock on TV3 part way through after its 8.30pm start. The programme includes acted “news bulletins” and “interviews” that help it give a realistic portrayal of what might happen after a major earthquake hits Wellington. Do not be confused; it is dramatisation of events but is not the real thing!
Seeing New Orleans being evacuated ahead of Hurricane Gustav, it is timely to consider what New Zealanders would be able to do if we had to leave home in a hurry.
One of the “star attractions” at the National Civil Defence Emergency Management Forum at Parliament tomorrow will be big, green and mobile. It is Horizons Regional Council’s mobile education facility and emergency operations centre (EOC), the “Green Rig” (right). It will be set up in the forecourt at Parliament tomorrow.
23 Jun 2008
Starting tomorrow, the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management is hosting a nationwide series of tsunami preparedness seminars.
New Zealand agencies involved in promoting earthquake safety are concerned that advice from a source discredited overseas is being circulated by e-mail in New Zealand.
16 Apr 2008
The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management announced today that it recorded 204 weather and geological events in the first quarter of the year, 1 January 2008 to 31 March 2008.
03 Apr 2008
The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management today distributed draft guidelines for planning mass evacuations.
Civil defence emergency management (CDEM) organisations will have better and faster access to science information through a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management and GNS Science.
10 Jan 2008
The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management announced today that it recorded 900 weather and geological events or emergencies last year.
Maintaining strong international links has been set as a priority for the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management.
New Zealand’s ability to respond to civil defence emergency management (CDEM) events was strengthened today after the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management and The Salvation Army signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) about welfare services.