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


Civil Defence Ministry Acting Director Announced

Tuesday, 23 May 2006

Civil Defence Ministry Acting Director Announced

The former Chief of Defence Force, Air Marshal (Rtd) Bruce Ferguson is to head the Ministry of Civil Defence Emergency Management while applications for the position of Director are considered. The Ministry is part of the Department of Internal Affairs.

The present Director, John Norton, steps down in three weeks after eight years setting up the new Civil Defence framework for New Zealand. More than 40 applications for the position have been received, and the selection process is well underway. A decision is to be made within weeks, and it is expected the new Director will be able to take up the role in within three months.

Air Marshal Ferguson was Chief of Defence Force from 2002 until he retired earlier this year, the culmination of an Air Force and Defence career of 37 years, including 20 years in senior leadership roles.

The Chief Executive of the Department of Internal Affairs, Christopher Blake, says he is delighted Air Marshal Ferguson is available to support the Ministry, which is undergoing a significant change.

“The Ministry is now being restructured to meet its responsibilities to government, the Civil Defence Emergency management sector and the public. New government investment is allowing an increase in civil defence staff numbers by more than 60%. The Ministry and the sector are working under new legislation, and new public education campaigns are getting underway to promote awareness and understanding of the hazards we face and what to do about them.

“As well as very senior experience in strategy, management, operations and logistics, Air Marshal Ferguson has direct experience in managing significant aspects of New Zealand's response to emergencies such as the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami. Bruce Ferguson's tested leadership ability will ensure the Ministry remains in good hands and prepared to deal effectively with emergencies while the change continues”.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

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>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news