New Zealand government consults on proposed National Disaster Resilience Strategy

Published: Friday, 02 November 2018 09:21

The New Zealand Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management is consulting on New Zealand’s new National Disaster Resilience Strategy, which will set the vision and objectives for disaster resilience in New Zealand over the next ten years.

The proposed strategy was developed after widespread stakeholder input and informed by international research on resilience. It builds on recent government decisions made on the Technical Advisory Group’s report on better responses to natural disasters and other emergencies in New Zealand. It has a greater emphasis on the importance of resilience at community, regional and national levels because resilient communities are better able to look after themselves in disasters while emergency management resources are diverted to the most urgent priorities.

Under the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002, the Minister of Civil Defence is required to ensure there is at all times a national civil defence emergency management strategy. The current National Civil Defence Emergency Management Strategy expires on 9th April 2019.

The consultation is open until 7th December 2018 and can be viewed here.