Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Siren false alerts likely cause identified

Siren false alerts likely cause identified

For immediate release: 10 December 2013

A software glitch caused by a faulty switch has been revealed as the likely cause of the false activation of the Eastern Bay of Plenty’s Civil Defence warning siren network last week.

Numerous tests of each stage of the warning system have been carried out by the managers of the system to replicate the error and find the root cause.

Kordia New Zealand CEO Scott Bartlett says the company regrets any inconvenience caused to residents and has given the issue its highest priority.

“The setup of one of the components allowed the system to false trigger. We have spoken to the manufacturer of the device and we are confident we have solved the glitch.”

Eastern Bay of Plenty Emergency Management Coordinator, Jim Tetlow, says that the activation has opened an important discussion about civil defence in the Eastern Bay.

“We regret any stress the false alarm may have caused. On the plus side, the sounding of the Civil Defence warning sirens means ‘turn on your radio’ and that message is timely.

“It is only by turning on your radio that you know timeframes, or threats or location or distance.”

“It is reassuring to know that many people do tune in. I hope that it was a timely reminder that we all do need to have a plan in place in case it is the real thing,” Mr Tetlow said.

Mr Tetlow also noted that Civil Defence is working to improve methods of communication.

“People can expect to hear more over the coming year about where the sirens are, what they sound like, what they are used for, and what to do when you hear them. The warning sirens are one tool in our kit to ensure that Eastern Bay of Plenty residents are as well prepared as possible for a real emergency,” Mr Tetlow said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Anzac Issue Out Now: Werewolf 47

Alison McCulloch: Lest We Remember

Local iwi have plans to spruce up the Te Ranga site as part of the 150th commemorations this year of key battles in the “New Zealand Wars”, but not a lot of money to do it with.

Information gathered from numerous government agencies shows that while more than $25 million is being spent on monuments and commemorations relating to foreign wars, primarily World War I and its centenary, only around $250,000 has been set aside for those fought on our own soil. More>>

Anne Russell: Anzac Day - Identity Politics, With Guns

Even cursory research into media reports from the past forty years reveals a cultural shift in the commemoration of Anzac Day. Among other things, turnout at Dawn services has increased significantly in recent decades.

Contemporary numbers are estimated at 3,000-4,000 in Wellington, and 10,000-15,000 in Auckland. Newspaper reports from the 1970s and 80s estimated Wellington turnouts at 300-800, and Auckland at anywhere from 600 to 4,000. More>>


Parliament Today:

Spookwatch: New Inspector-General Of Intelligence And Security Appointed

Prime Minister John Key hasannounced the appointment of Cheryl Gwyn as Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security. The appointment was made by the Administrator of the Government on behalf of the Governor General and is for a term of three years. More>>

Crowdsourcing: Green Party Launches Internet Rights And Freedoms Bill

The Green Party has today launched the Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill, New Zealand’s first ever Bill crowdsourced by a political party. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Shane Jones Departure

Shane Jones has left Parliament in the manner to which we have become accustomed, with self interest coming in first and second, and with the interests of the Labour Party (under whose banner he served) way, way back down the track. More>>


Multimedia: PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference - April 22 2014

The Prime Minister met with reporters to discuss: • The recent improvement in the economy with a growing job market • Income and wealth inequality • Easter trading laws • The New Zealander killed in a drone strike in Yemen... More>>


Easter Trading: Workers 'Can Kiss Goodbye To Easter Sunday Off'

The Government’s decision to “reprioritise” scarce labour inspector resources by abandoning the enforcement of Easter Sunday Shop Trading laws means workers can kiss goodbye to a guaranteed day off, says Labour’s Associate Labour Issues spokesperson Darien Fenton. More>>


ACT Don't Go For Maximum Penalty: Three Strikes For Burglary, Three Years Jail

Three strikes for burglary was introduced to England and Wales in 1999. As in New Zealand, burglary was out of control and given a low priority by the police and the courts. A Labour government passed a three strikes law whereby a third conviction for burglaries earned a mandatory three years in prison... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Drone Strikes And Judith Collins‘ Last Stand

The news that a New Zealand citizen was killed last November in a US drone attack in Yemen brings the drones controversy closer to home. More>>


Elections: New Electorate Boundaries Finalised

New boundaries for the country’s 64 General and seven Māori electorates have been finalised – with an additional electorate created in Auckland. More>>


Policies: Labour’s Economic Upgrade For Manufacturing

Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today announced his Economic Upgrade for the manufacturing sector – a plan that will create better jobs and higher wages. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Life And ACC Work Of Sir Owen Woodhouse

With the death of Sir Owen Woodhouse, the founding father of the Accident Compensation Scheme, New Zealand has lost one of the titans of its post-war social policy. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news