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Non-emergency related media releases issued by MCDEM

Media releases issued by the Minister of Civil Defence are published on the Beehive website.

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For the first time one website now provides a way to easily access information about regional earthquake hazards across New Zealand. Go to and select a region under “New Zealand earthquake hazards”.

Media are invited to preview new television advertising and online videos that will begin screening on Thursday June 28.

In less than a day more than 8,000 people have registered to take part in New Zealand ShakeOut.

At 9:26am on 26 September (9:26-26:9) New Zealand ShakeOut aims to have 1 million people in New Zealand do a “Drop, Cover and Hold” earthquake drill.

Top Japanese scientists and senior government officials arrive in New Zealand tomorrow (Thursday) to share Japanese and New Zealand disaster management expertise.

All early childhood education (ECE) services will soon have new guidance on how to plan for emergencies.

There are lessons for both the United Sates and New Zealand from the way Kiwi primary and intermediate school children are taught how to prepare for disasters.

New Zealand’s civil defence response team returned today from the Queensland floods.

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement last night that New Zealand could provide a second civil defence Response Team to Queensland, planning has begun for the selection and formation of that team.

Members of the 15-strong New Zealand Civil Defence Response Team assisting with flood relief in Queensland have been stood down today for a well-earned rest.


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