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State of national emergency extended further

Hon John Carter
Minister of Civil Defence

13 March 2011
Media Statement
State of national emergency extended further

Civil Defence Minister John Carter has today extended the state of national emergency for a further seven days in the aftermath of the 6.3-magnitude earthquake that struck Christchurch on 22 February.

The state of national emergency in New Zealand was declared on 23 February. Under the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002 a state of national emergency can be declared for a maximum of seven days at a time only. It was first extended on 1 March, then 7 March. It is expected to continue for several more weeks, Mr Carter said.

“Continuing this declaration means the National Controller remains in control of the functions, duties, and powers of the Civil Defence Emergency Management Groups and Group controller. He works in consultation with central government and local authorities, including the Mayor, on this massive recovery operation,” Mr Carter said.

“The declaration of the state of national emergency ensures the maximum possible co-ordination and co-operation between central and local resources in response to this disaster.

“It has been nearly three weeks since the earthquake and I am constantly impressed by the willingness of everyone involved in putting Christchurch back together to pull out all stops to ensure people’s most urgent needs are met as quickly as they can be.”


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