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National Emergency Management Agency

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The National Emergency Management Agency was established on 1 December 2019, replacing the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management. The National Emergency Management Agency is an autonomous Departmental Agency hosted by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has replaced the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management (MCDEM). All references to MCDEM on websites, documents, Director’s Guidelines, codes or standards are to be read as a reference to NEMA.

National Emergency Management Agency

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) provides strong, national leadership to create an emergency management system that reduces the impact of emergencies.

NEMA works with central and local government, communities, iwi, and business to make sure responses to and recoveries from emergencies are effective and integrated.

Emergencies can have consequences for people, communities, property, infrastructure, the economy and the environment. We support communities to reduce the impact of emergencies across all hazards and risks.

Depending on the emergency, we lead or support the response and recovery. We work to build the capability and capacity of the emergency management system to reduce risk, to be ready for emergencies, and to respond and recover from them.

NEMA is an autonomous departmental agency, hosted by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 

Carolyn Schwalger is interim Chief Executive of NEMA. Sarah Stuart-Black is Director of Civil Defence Emergency Management and Deputy Chief Executive of NEMA.

NEMA was established on 1 December 2019, replacing the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management. All references to MCDEM on websites, documents, Director’s Guidelines, codes or standards etc are to be read as a reference to NEMA.

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What is a departmental agency?

A departmental agency is an operationally autonomous agency with its own chief executive, hosted by a department of the Public Service. The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet is NEMA’s host agency.

Why was NEMA established?

The decision to establish the National Emergency Management Agency is part of the Government’s response to a Ministerial review into better responses to natural disasters and other emergencies, commissioned after the November 2016 earthquake and tsunami and the 2017 Port Hills fire.

The review’s Technical Advisory Group (TAG) found that, although New Zealand’s emergency management system is fundamentally sound, several issues need to be addressed.

The TAG report contained 42 recommendations to improve the system, including establishing a National Emergency Management Agency to replace MCDEM.

How is NEMA different from MCDEM?

As a departmental agency, NEMA has greater autonomy than MCDEM had. The government has also given NEMA an important stewardship role that requires it to lead and coordinate across the emergency management system (including central and local government) for all hazards and all risks.

Find out more about NEMA on the Civil Defence website.

 

Last updated: 
Thursday, 29 June 2017

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General enquiries

Contact us by using our online enquiry form

Office of the Chief Executive
Level 8 Executive Wing
Parliament Buildings
Wellington

Email
information@dpmc.govt.nz

Phone
(04) 830 5000


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