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Establishing the National Emergency Management Agency

The National Emergency Management Agency was established on 1 December 2019, replacing the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management.

About the National Emergency Management Agency

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 assumed all the responsibilities of the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management under the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002 and National Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan 2015.

Establishing the National Emergency Management Agency was a key recommendation from Better Responses to Natural Disasters and other Emergencies, a review into New Zealand’s civil defence emergency management system. The National Emergency Management Agency will work across central government and with local government, emergency services, communities, iwi, lifeline utilities and business to create an emergency management system that is ready and able to provide an effective and integrated response to, and recovery from, emergencies.

The National Emergency Management Agency provides national leadership to our distributed emergency management system. The National Emergency Management Agency’s primary focus is on the performance and capability of the emergency management system as a whole, across all hazards and all risks and the 4 Rs of risk reduction, readiness, response and recovery.

The National Emergency Management Agency will:

  • provide proactive and professional leadership of New Zealand’s emergency management system, across the 4 Rs with a strong focus on effective response to and recovery from emergencies under the CDEM Act, across all hazards and risks to support all communities
  • build the capability and capacity of the emergency management system (including the professionalisation of emergency management)
  • lift the performance of the system through activities such as setting and enforcing standards
  • provide assurance to Government and the public about the performance and capability of the emergency management system to respond and recover effectively
  • lead or support responses to, and recovery from, emergencies (irrespective of cause).

 

Read Better Responses to Natural Disasters and other Emergencies

Last updated: 
Monday, 2 December 2019

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