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Ministerial Review: Better Responses to Natural Disasters and Other Emergencies in New Zealand

On 18 January 2018, Civil Defence Minister Kris Faafoi released a report into how New Zealand responds to natural disasters and emergencies.

The report, the result of a Ministerial review, provides advice to the Minister on the most appropriate operational and legislative mechanisms to support effective responses to natural disasters and other emergencies in New Zealand.

Ministerial Review: Better Responses to Natural Disasters and other Emergencies in New Zealand

Media release: Report on response to natural disasters and emergencies released (Beehive website)

Technical Advisory Group

In June 2017, a Technical Advisory Group was established to carry out the review, and submissions were sought.

The members are:

  • Roger Sowry (Chair)
  • Benesia Smith MNZM, independent consultant
  • Malcolm Alexander, Chief Executive, Local Government New Zealand
  • Assistant Commissioner Mike Rusbatch, New Zealand Police
  • Deputy National Commander Kerry Gregory, New Zealand Fire Service
  • Major General Tim Gall, New Zealand Defence Force
  • Sarah Stuart-Black, Director, Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management

Terms of reference for the review

Media release: Terms of reference for Civil Defence review released (Beehive website)


  • 2 June 2017 - Terms of reference released and submissions sought
  • 7 July 2017 - Submissions close
  • July 2017 - Opportunity for submissions to be heard
  • Late August 2017 - Technical Advisory Group to provide an interim report to Minister of Civil Defence
  • January 2018 - Report and submissions published.
Last updated: 
Friday, 30 June 2017

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