Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


New Civil Defence Groups To Be Formed

New Civil Defence/Emergency Management Groups To Be Formed

Minister of Civil Defence Hon. George Hawkins today told a conference that he wants new Civil Defence and Emergency Management groups formed around the existing regional council boundaries.

George Hawkins was speaking in Wellington to a conference of the country's Civil Defence and Emergency Management officers.

These new groups will be responsible for reducing and managing the risks of potential disasters that communities face from natural and technological hazards.

Individual territorial authorities will still be responsible for managing emergencies when they occur, but within region-wide planning frameworks.

"As well as the traditional civil defence functions of readiness and response, the new groups will also develop critical emergency management concepts of risk reduction and sustainable long term recovery," George Hawkins said.

"We can't stop disasters from happening, but we can limit how much our communities are affected by them as well as reducing the time it takes to recover," he said.

George Hawkins told the conference that it was vital for Civil Defence and Emergency Management professionals to have the right skills and qualifications to do the job properly.

"The new groups will require Civil Defence and Emergency Management officers to have new and specialised skills. I want to see training programmes set up to provide these skills," George Hawkins said.

The new Civil Defence/Emergency Management Bill, which will be placed before Parliament later this year, sets out the new groupings and defines the structure to manage emergencies both on a national and local scale.

This Bill will also place the words Civil Defence back at the forefront of disaster reduction, readiness, response and recovery initiatives.

"The previous National government had abandoned the Civil Defence title. That left the public unnecessarily wondering what had become of this Ministry and who exactly was responsible if and when a disaster struck," George Hawkins said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Crowdsale And Crowdfunding Campaign: Help Create The Future Of Independent News

Two weeks to go! The Scoop 3.0 plan aims to create NZ’s first community-owned, distributed news and media intelligence ecosystem in 2019. We believe this ScoopPro media monetisation approach can be scaled and spread globally to support local and independent news efforts in regional New Zealand and around the world.

Scoop is an ecosystem, it would not exist without those who contribute to it, read it and rely on it for professional media purposes. Generous past support from this ecosystem has enabled us to come this far in developing our business model. Support our PledgeMe Campaign>>


14/11: Two Years’ Progress Since The Kaikoura Earthquake

Mayor John Leggett said it was a day for reflection, but also a time to recognise the work by many people to support progress towards recovery made across Marlborough since November 2016. More>>


Pike River: Mine Drift Re-Entry Plan To Proceed

“I’ve decided the Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau Mā Iwa - Pike River Recovery Agency, recommended course of action to enter the drift, using the existing access tunnel, is by far the safest option,” said Andrew Little. More>>


Appointments: New High Commissioner To Australia Announced

“Dame Annette King needs no introduction given her long running career as a parliamentarian where she has previously held a number senior Cabinet portfolios, including Justice, Police and Health. She also was Parliament’s longest serving female MP with 30 years’ service,” said Mr Peters. More>>


Two Years Since Kaikoura: Silvia Cartwright To Lead Inquiry Into EQC

“The inquiry will be the first of its kind under the Public Inquiries Act 2013 and will have all the powers of a Royal Commission, be independent of Government and make its report directly to the Governor-General. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Royal Commission Into Child Abuse

Obviously, it is good news that the coalition government has broadened the scope of its Royal Commission into the abuse of children, beyond its previous focus on children in state care. More>>


Cases Delayed: Court Staff Refuse To Handle Sentencing Papers

Dozens of court cases have reportedly been delayed, as court staff escalate industrial action at two Auckland courts by enforcing a ban on handling sentencing papers. More>>


Education: Primary Teachers Rolling Strikes

RNZ Report: More than 100,000 primary school students in Auckland will be home from school today as teachers and principals walk off the job for the second time this year. It's the start of a week of rolling one-day strikes around the country, after the collapse of contract negotiations last Thursday. More>>


"Process Was Sound": Inquiry Into Haumaha Appointment Released

The Inquiry’s purpose was to examine, identify, and report on the adequacy of the process that led to the appointment. It found the process was sound and no available relevant information was omitted. More>>





InfoPages News Channels