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The purpose of the Hazard Risk Board (HRB) is to build a high performing and resilient National Security System able to manage civil contingencies and hazard risks through appropriate governance, alignment, and prioritisation of investment, policy and activity.

The HRB is chaired by the Deputy Chief Executive Security and Intelligence of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. HRB membership includes Chief Executives (or their alternates) of the:

  • Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet,
  • New Zealand Police
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ministry for Primary Industries
  • Ministry of Transport
  • New Zealand Defence Force
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • New Zealand Fire Service
  • Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management

The Hazard Risk Board was previously called the Readiness and Response Board. Its name changed in 2015.  

Examples of items recently considered by the HRB

  • National Security workforce;
  • Managing major transport risks and clarifying national arrangements for managing a major transport incident;
  • Search and rescue capabilities, limitations, readiness and risks;
  • Security risks of highly hazardous substances;
  • Enabling effective oversight of the National Security System capability, including professional development and exercising;
  • Improvements to the system following lessons identified during Operation Concord.

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