Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan supported

National Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan supported

The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management has assured citizens of Canterbury that the National Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Plan has been properly developed under the law. It is robust in dealing with major disasters from whatever cause.

The Plan is based on the principle that every agency with a role in managing disasters is expected to understand, plan for, and fufil that role.

The role of the Ministry is to direct the coordination needed to support communities and make the response to any disaster successful. The National Plan sets out the roles and arrangements in a complete and rigorous manner and without ambiguity.

The Canterbury CDEM group has criticised some parts of the plan and released a lengthy legal opinion from Wellington lawyers it has hired for the purpose.

But the Director of the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management, John Norton, says there are 16 CDEM groups around the country and the Plan has wide support among the other groups.

“Not everyone agrees with everything, but almost everyone agrees that we have a robust and workable plan. Even CDEM Canterbury has said it agrees with 85% of it. CDEM Canterbury’s concerns are primarily highly technical criticisms about the definition of words. For example, it is concerned that there is no definition of the term “lead agency”, although it is obvious to everyone what is meant.

“No person or property would be significantly safer if what CDEM Canterbury wants was to be implemented in its entirety. All CDEM groups have been involved in developing the National CDEM Plan and the Ministry has engaged in wide-ranging and detailed consultation.

“The Canterbury CDEM group is not responsible for the National
CDEM Plan. The Ministry is. It has been properly developed, provides what is needed, and does what the law requires. It is a significant step forward in developing Civil Defence preparedness in New Zealand. At some point everyone has to accept that we have a Plan, and just get on with it. There are many pressing issues in Civil Defence Emergency management. Highly technical litigation about definitions will not improve New Zealand’s preparedness.

“We are happy to listen, and have undertaken to look further into what CDEM Canterbury is saying, but we also have to listen to other CDEM groups, which want far more practical action.

“The law and the plan provide a framework for action. They are not themselves a solution. We concentrate on finding real solutions to real problems,” said Mr Norton.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news