National Emergency Management Conference 2018 - Partners for Resilience

The National Emergency Management Conference 2018 will provide insight, advice and discussion that is both relevant and engaging for emergency management professionals.

MCDEM Conference - Partners for Resilience

The 2018 National Emergency Management Conference is fast approaching. This year’s conference will be held in conjunction with the Australasian Natural Hazards Management Conference, focusing on the theme ‘Partners for Resilience’.

Bringing together a range of experienced and knowledgeable speakers including Mark McCrindle, Holly Ransom and Mark Crosweller, the 2018 conference will focus on providing insight, advice and discussions that will be both relevant and engaging for emergency management professionals.

In the days surrounding the main conference, a range of topical workshops will be held. Workshops are a great way of getting a more hands on perspective, as well as a fantastic opportunity to meet people from a range of organisations and sectors. However this year’s workshops are organised and registered for separately from the conference. Workshops will be listed below as they become available.

On 30 May at the annual Awards Dinner, the 2018 Ministerial and Directors awards will be presented as a way of celebrating achievements across the emergency management sector. This is a fantastic way to acknowledge the successes of colleagues from across the sector, all are welcome.

Where: Conference, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Wellington. Awards Dinner, Beehive Banquet Hall

When: Conference, 30 – 31 May 2018. Awards Dinner 30 May. Workshops, 29 May and 1 June

Cost: Conference $500 (including access to all workshops). Dinner $80.

Registrations are now closed

If you require any further information or have queries about registrations please email


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Informing risk decision-making in the face of adversity

The cumulative impacts from natural hazards on our social and economic environments are unsustainable.   As risk is dynamic and continues to change we require strong risk tools to provide credible loss and impact assessments both before and crucially during emergencies.  It is essential these tools need to be simple and functional so they may be practically applied by a range of users.  With over ten years’ research development and having been applied in a range of national emergencies in recent years, the RiskScape programme delivers a portfolio of risk based knowledge, guidance, data, software and communication.

 While New Zealand has a well-documented history of earthquakes and natural events, the complexity and associated impacts of the M7.8 Kaikoura earthquake in November 2016 were largely unanticipated so soon after the 2010 Canterbury earthquake sequence which devastated the city of Christchurch.  New Zealand’s RiskScape research programme has served the country well over the last decade providing immediate loss estimates to support central and local government response activities and planning for a range of natural hazard events, including these earthquakes.  Furthermore, significant advances in modelling infrastructure impacts and economic losses has provided stakeholders with detailed loss estimates to understand their susceptibility from these and future events.  This programme contributes significantly to delivering the Sendai Framework at a national and Pacific region level.

 This session will workshop the lessons researchers and practitioners together have learnt from recent hazard events and discuss how these have shaped how risk modelling can inform recovery and increasing resilience. 

 While the benefits of risk and impact modelling tools have been proven in the New Zealand context, these tools and expertise are now been applied internationally in Samoa, Vanuatu and Indonesia.  Our vision is to not only increase the use of risk tools globally but ensure that our global economic and social environments are more sustainable as a result of risk-informed decision-making.  This session will address elements that are critical to using risk tools now and in the future, with a focus on:

  • Real time impact and loss forecasting requirements.
  • Using risk information to communicate uncertainty
  • The challenges of underlying risk data and some solutions!
  • A demonstration of current risk tools being used in New Zealand and the Pacific Island Countries.

Hosted by GNS Science and NIWA

Location:  Cable Room, Ground Floor, Macs Function Centre, Taranaki Street, Wellington

Date: 29 May 2018

Time:  9am to 12.30pm

Cost: Free

Please note that the workshop is restricted to the first 50 registered participants.  Morning tea will be provided.

Please register here:


Unpacking Complexity

Jointly hosted by QuakeCoRE New Zealand, Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Australia, and Fire and Emergency New Zealand, with support from the Natural Hazards Research Programme and National Science Challenges: RNC respectively, this workshop will operate as a showcase and a discussion of the work being achieved in this space and also where the future lies. By bringing together both researchers and practitioners from across Australia and New Zealand, this collaboration will identify where both the synergy and separation between our two countries lies in both research and utilisation around emergencies, disasters and resilience.

Location:  Macs Function Centre, Taranaki Street, Wellington

Date: 29 May 2018

Time: 10am - 4pm

Cost: Free

Registration can be done by contacting Heather at:

 You can find more information here.


Wellington Resilience Workshop

The second workshop will operate in 2 sessions.

The morning session will be jointly run with the Ministry for Culture and Heritage on the topic of understanding cultural resilience:

There is a growing awareness of the wider contribution culture and cultural heritage play in a society’s resilience.  In particular, the way in which cultural beliefs and values help people understand risk and manage change in the face of challenge, whether that challenge comes from rapid or slow onset events. This workshop will explore the importance of cultural resilience to New Zealand, and reflect on how culture might be better included in disaster planning and preparedness.   It will consider themes such as the significance of cultural life to building communities, the importance of mātauranga Māori and marae, the role of culture in communicating disaster risk reduction, the importance of cultural sites in times of emergency, and the contribution of cultural activity (the arts, restoration of heritage, sports and recreation) in recovery after a disaster.

Location: Executive Seminar Suit, Massey

Date: 1 June 2018

Time: 9am - 12pm

Cost: Free


The afternoon session will be jointly run with WREMO on the topic of community-based resilience: 

Work by WREMO and projects associated with the 100 Resilient Cities pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) have presented an opportunity to rethink the region’s approach to emergency management and earthquake risk reduction. An increased emphasis on enhancing levels of resilience in communities, the built environment and systems supporting communities will improve our ability to anticipate risks, limit the impacts of those risks, and bounce back rapidly from any emergency event. This workshop will explore community-based resilience at an individual, organisational, and community level. It will also look at the relationship between risk perception, risk acceptance, and personal, community, and organisational competencies and capabilities.

Location:  Executive Seminar Suit, Massey

Date: 1 June 2018

Time:  1.30pm - 4.30pm.

Cost: Free

Registration for both workshops can be done by contacting Heather at:

You can find more information here.


Pandemic Influenza and Communicable Diseases workshop

This workshop will provide an overview of communicable disease threats including pandemic influenza and how we prepare for and plan to manage them in New Zealand. By the end of the workshop you will be familiar with the pandemic phases and key decisions within the New Zealand Influenza Pandemic Action Plan and the anticipated key challenges we will need to manage. The session will include a familiarisation visit to the National Health Coordination Centre and the opportunity to engage with senior emergency managers and public health physicians in the Ministry of Health.

Location: Ministry of Health, 133 Molesworth Street

Date: 1 June 2018

Time:  8.30am -12pm

Cost: Free

For registration or specific questions please contact Nina Wilson,