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New Zealand’s Coordinated Incident Management System (CIMS) is a framework of consistent principles, structures, functions, processes and terminology that agencies can apply in an emergency response.

It enables agencies to plan for, train and conduct responses in a consistent manner, without being prescriptive.

Intersection of ODESC with CIMS

CIMS relates to the management of a response; the National Security System structure sits above this if the situation is significant or complex enough to demand a coordinated strategic response at the national level.


For more information download the National Security System Handbook (PDF, 1.11 MB)