Resources for elected officials

Find important information that will help elected officials to navigate and understand the Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) system of New Zealand.

Introducing Emergency Management

Click on the links below for short vignettes introducing Emergency Management.

  1. Why is Emergency Management so important? 
    Discusses the importance of Elected Members having Emergency Management knowledge from Day 1
  2. A crash course in Emergency Management
    Provides insight in to Emergency Management, from the roles to the integrated approach
  3. Recent History of Emergency Management
    Discussing the impacts recent events have had on Emergency Management
  4. Ministerial review
    Discusses the recent Government review of Emergency Management, the outcomes, and how we’re moving forward

Before an emergency

These resources have been developed for Elected Officials to enhance their understanding of their role before an emergency.

During and after an emergency


Useful links


Factsheets and guidance


How does Civil Defence Emergency Management work?

This 2018 scribed video looks at the strategic and operational elements of the Civil Defence Emergency Management system of New Zealand from a national, regional, local and personal perspective.

Produced by Nelson Tasman CDEM Group.


Guidance for elected officials (July 2019)

Hear from mayors about their experience working in the civil defence emergency management system. This 2019 video is organised around the 4 Rs (reduction, readiness, response and recovery) commonly used to describe New Zealand's integrated approach to civil defence emergency management.

Find more quotes from mayors

Produced by the National Emergency Management Agency


Webinar: CDEM guide for Mayors and elected officials (2017)

This 2017 webinar is designed to support your role during an emergency. It includes, understanding emergencies, expectations, the CDEM Act, declarations and powers, and more.

Produced by LGNZ


Key contacts, resources and approaches

Each CDEM Group has key contacts, resources and approaches that can support you understanding what emergency management looks like in your local area and this is captured in a strategic document called the CDEM Group Plan. For more information on CDEM priorities elected offcials should engage with its local CDEM Group and Council. 

Find your CDEM Group