Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 

Radio New Zealand Tests Civil Defence Role

Radio New Zealand is to conduct a national civil defence exercise this weekend.

National Radio and Concert FM will originate programmes from Auckland studios between 6 am Saturday and 6 pm Sunday in an exercise designed to test network emergency management systems. The two day exercise coincides with construction work at Radio New Zealand House which would have made it unpleasant for staff to carry out normal duties and may have intruded on live programmes.

Radio New Zealand has a critical role in national civil defence emergency planning and the public broadcaster is considered a ‘lifeline utility’ under the Civil Defence Emergency Management Bill.

Radio New Zealand Chief Executive, Sharon Crosbie, says the weekend is an opportunity for staff to test their ability to continue operating in the event of an emergency affecting Wellington:

“ In any civil defence emergency, such as a major earthquake, it is absolutely critical that we are able to keep the New Zealand public informed about what is happening, and what they need to do, she said. Radio may provide a lifeline for many after a major disaster.”

Civil defence advice to the public is to have a battery-operated radio handy, and to tune in to their radio station for information during an emergency. The importance of the Radio New Zealand exercise is reinforced by John Norton, Director of the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management:

“ Radio is a primary source of communication during an emergency and radio networks need to be capable of operating during and after an emergency. Exercises such as these are an essential part of the planning process to ensure that agencies have the capability to cope when disaster strikes "

In any situation where Radio New Zealand House in Wellington cannot function effectively, contingency planning would see broadcasting originate from the Auckland studios of Radio New Zealand.


Ends



© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Joseph Cederwall Review: NZSO Plays Bach And Ellington

The NZSO’s Shed Series returned for 2019 with the aptly titled REBIRTH at Shed 6 on Friday 8th. This theme dealt with the way in which music constantly evolves and changes, with styles and musical periods reborn in completely new and different ways. More>>

Howard Davis Review: Voulez-Vous Couchez Avec Moi? - C'est Chic, Ça Colette!

Starring the ravishingly vibrant Keira Knightley in the title role, Colette is a fairly pedestrian paint-by numbers biopic - which is a little disappointing, given that its cross-dressing and pansexual protagonist lead anything but a dull life. More>>

Wellington Repertory Theatre: New Season Includes Royal Hunt of The Sun

“The objective behind our ambitious 2019 season is to expand our offering to a broader range of Wellingtonians. It’s the first time in over a decade that we’ve produced four shows, and the first time we will be performing at the Hannah Payhouse,” says Oliver Mander, WRT’s President. More>>


Howard Davis Review: The Revenants - They Shall Not Grow Old

Jackson has toiled laboriously in the trenches of the digital revolution for decades, with his two turgid Tolkien trilogies constantly pushing the envelope in terms of computer-generated entertainment and providing his latest project with sufficient combat experience to warrant serious Oscar consideration for its remarkable technical achievements. More>>


Unseen Let It Be Footage: Peter Jackson Making "The Ultimate Beatles Film"

Jackson's new film will be compiled from fifty-five hours of never-released studio footage of The Beatles recording their final album Let It Be in January 1969. More>>


NZCT Grants More Than $150,000 to Community Sports

NZCT has approved grants to the Tauranga Boxing Academy, provided a new lease of life to old yachts, benefitted sports at Tiniroto School, and helped to upgrade Christchurch City BMX Club track. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland