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Information about Novel coronavirus

18 Feb 2020

02:02 PM

Where to find the latest information about Novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Whakaari White Island Volcanic Eruption

20 Dec 2019

11:02 AM

Information for affected people and for people visiting the area during the holiday period.

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National Emergency Management Agency to replace Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management

29 Nov 2019

01:02 PM

The new National Emergency Management Agency will become operational on 1 December 2019. On this day all of the existing functions and staff of the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management will transfer into the new National Emergency Management Agency and the Ministry will cease to exist.

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Nationwide test expected to show increased penetration of Emergency Mobile Alert

21 Nov 2019

04:02 PM

The system, which is administered by the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM) on behalf of a range of agencies, is undergoing a nationwide live test this Sunday 24 November between 6pm and 7pm. Last year six in ten New Zealanders received the alert, and that number is expected to climb further.

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Emergency Management System Reform Programme Update October 2019

06 Nov 2019

12:02 PM

Just over one year ago, the Government announced Better Responses to Natural Disasters and other Emergencies in New Zealand — its response to the Technical Advisory Group’s Ministerial Review recommendations. This update provides an overview of what’s been achieved so far in the Emergency Management System Reform and what’s on the horizon — both short-term and longer-term.

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Learn how to stay safe on World Tsunami Awareness Day

05 Nov 2019

11:02 AM

Civil Defence Minister Hon Peeni Henare says World Tsunami Awareness Day today (5 November) is a chance for all New Zealanders to learn more about the tsunami risk in our regions and the right actions to take to stay safe.

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Put an emergency plan on your long weekend to-do list

25 Oct 2019

12:02 PM

Labour weekend is a great chance to catch up on all those things you’ve been meaning to do around the house, from cleaning out the guttering to making an emergency plan.

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To sign is to be seen

27 Sep 2019

10:02 AM

'To sign is to be seen' is a new poster resource that provides tips for media, camera operators and media briefing organisers to help New Zealand Sign Language interpreters get important messages across.

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Team to support emergency responses up and running

23 Sep 2019

04:02 PM

Civil Defence Minister Hon Peeni Henare today announced that the Emergency Management Assistance Team has been established and is ready to be deployed to provide support in an emergency response.

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Kermadec Islands Earthquake Post Event Report

03 Sep 2019

03:02 PM

The purpose of Kermadec Islands Earthquake Post Event Report is to provide an overview of the MCDEM response to the tsunami threat generated by a large earthquake in the Kermadec Islands on 16 June 2019. The report captures aspects of the response that may be improved and aspects that worked well.

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Tasman District Fire Response Post Event Report

09 Aug 2019

03:02 PM

The Tasman District Fire Response Post Event Report provides an overview of the MCDEM response to the impacts of the Tasman District fire from 5 to 27 February 2019. The report captures aspects of the response that may be improved and aspects that worked well.

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Review of Recoveries Report

28 Jun 2019

08:02 AM

The Review of Recoveries Report summarises the findings of the independent review of how recovery provisions of the CDEM Act supported the recoveries after the 2016 earthquakes and tsunami and the 2017 flooding in the Whakatāne District.

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Wellington Earthquake National Initial Response Plan version 2.0 now available

20 Dec 2018

12:02 PM

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Tis the season to BEEEEEEEEEP - Nationwide test alert this Sunday

22 Nov 2018

04:02 PM

Note: this news item refers to the 2018 test. The 2019 nationwide test of Emergency Mobile Alert will be held on the evening of 24 November 2019. You should expect to receive a test alert that evening sometime between 6 and 7 pm.

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Airbnb agreement to unlock emergency accommodation nationwide

22 Nov 2018

04:02 PM

A historic new agreement signed today will provide a nationwide boost to New Zealand’s emergency preparedness and response arrangements.

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Nationwide test of Emergency Mobile Alert system

13 Nov 2018

03:02 PM

Note: this news item refers to the 2018 test. The 2019 nationwide test of Emergency Mobile Alert will be held on the evening of 24 November 2019. You should expect to receive a test alert that evening sometime between 6 and 7 pm.

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Media release: Feedback sought on proposed National Disaster Resilience Strategy

19 Oct 2018

02:02 PM

The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management is encouraging New Zealanders to have their say about the future of disaster resilience in New Zealand.

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Media release: Tsunami can arrive in minutes – have a plan to evacuate

09 Oct 2018

11:02 AM

The tragic earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia is a reminder for New Zealanders of the importance of knowing how to stay safe in the event of a tsunami.

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Media key to better emergency information for diverse communities

03 Aug 2018

10:02 AM

Civil Defence Emergency Management authorities and media are joining forces to ensure better access to emergency information for diverse communities.

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New Zealand ShakeOut 2018

02 Jul 2018

10:02 AM

In June Civil Defence Minister Hon. Kris Faafoi launched New Zealand ShakeOut 2018, our national earthquake drill and tsunami hīkoi (walk out), on 6 June at Wilford School in Wellington.

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