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NZQA External Evaluation & Review

Our NZQA external evaluation & review report is now online on the NZQA website. We are really proud of the result and appreciate the fantastic support and feedback received from you, our clients. The evaluation was very thorough, taking several days. Read More

Wellington region updates tsunami warning maps after recent earthquake

Tsunami warning maps.  An excellent resource of updated maps from Wremo via Stuff.  Check out the full article here. A replica of the New Zealand coastline constucted out of the updated tsunami maps. WREMO/SUPPLIED  An updated collection of tsunami warning maps for the Wellington region have been published on the … Read More

Canterbury earthquake memorial

Prime Minister Bill English addressed the thousands of people gathered on Wednesday afternoon at the unveiling of Oi Manawa, the memorial to the 185 people who died in the magnitude-6.3 earthquake on February 22, 2011.  Christchurch’s earthquake memorial is “a place to grieve, but also a place to hope”, … Read More

New Zealand Underwater Association

New Zealand Underwater Association is a not-for-profit organisation leading New Zealand’s underwater community in recreational and sporting activities. Its mission is to be the lead organisation for promoting and advocating safe and enjoyable underwater activities in New Zealand. The New Zealand Underwater Association would like to remind those … Read More

200 people relocating for Kaikōura jobs

PIPPA BROWN/FAIRFAX NZ Source: Chris Hutching at Stuff  The first of NCTIR’s prefabricated accommodation units to house workers on road and rail projects around Kaikōura arrived this week as more ground is prepared. Workers are pouring into Kaikōura for the earthquake rebuild as employment agency Turbo Staff sets up an office there. Read More

How to protect your computer from Petya and other ransonware

The latest computer virus that is similar to Wannacry has spread very quickly across Europe overnight and could arrive in New Zealand at any time. It is a type of virus known as ransomware. It encrypts all files on your computer rendering them unusable. Cadbury’s owner, Mondelez, and shipping giant Maersk … Read More

Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) – video

Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) was established on 1 July 2017. It is the amalgamation of the New Zealand Fire Service, the National Rural Fire Authority, 12 enlarged rural fire districts and 26 territorial authority rural fire authorities.  FENZ is a new unified fire organisation that brings together our country’s … Read More

Cell broadcast alerting

Source: Beehive Media Release The implementation of a new nationwide channel for sending alerts about emergencies to mobile phones is on track to be up and running by the end of the year. Cell broadcast alerting is a new way of sending information to mobile phones in a … Read More

Reserve Bank sets out its stance on cyber security

Source: Sunday Star Times Firms in the finance sector, regulators, and other authorities all have a part to play in managing cyber security risks, a Reserve Bank executive said. They can take on this challenge while still benefiting from the opportunities of new financial technology, said Reserve Bank Head of Prudential … Read More

Commercial building owners & earthquake-prone buildings (EPBs)

Source: Duncan Cotterill partner Paul Calder via Property and Build The new national framework for managing earthquake-prone buildings (EPBs) that became effective on 1 July 2017 has brought several changes. These include a national register, new forms of EPB notice that must be displayed prominently on all EBPs and … Read More

McDEM – Emergency Mobile Alert

If your life, health or property is in serious danger, an Emergency Mobile Alert could be sent to your mobile phone. The alerts are sent using cell broadcast technology, so there is no need to sign up or download an app. They can also be targeted to affected areas, so you will … Read More

Deaf Communities – Emergency Information

Deaf communities will have improved access to emergency information as the result of a Memorandum Of Understanding between the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management and Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand.  This MoU will provide a foundation for the two agencies to improve information before, during and after an emergency. Up … Read More

Measles Outbreak

There is currently a Measles outbreak in Auckland and Christchurch.   Measles is a highly contagious disease that can be life threatening. Find out what the symptoms are and how immunisation can protect you and your family. Measles is highly contagious – and easily preventable. It affects both children and … Read More

National Disaster Resilience Strategy

This strategy came into effect on the 10th April 2019.  The role of the strategy is to set out the goals and objectives for civil defence, emergency management over the next 10 years. The strategy can be downloaded from the MCDEM Website. Read More

How media will cover terror trial

New Zealand media organisation have agreed to a protocol to cover the trial of the man accused of the March terror attacks.  The protocol includes limiting any coverage of statements that actively champion white supremacist or terrorist ideology and details of the document released before the attacks.  Click here … Read More

WREMO – Earthquake Planning Guide

Did you know that the WREMO have many community resources on their website?  The Earthqake Planning Guide is just one of these and it is available in 17 different languages and also as an audio guide.  This guide helps you prepare your family, whanau and those around you to get … Read More

ShakeOut 2019

Thursday 17th October 2019 at 1.30pm.  New Zealands National Earthquake and Tsunami Hiko is a self-run earthquake drill. DROP down on your hands and knees. This protects you from falling but lets you move if you need to. COVER your head and neck (or your entire body if possible) under … Read More

CIMS 3rd Edition

CIMS 3 is up and running following the CIMS review which was undertaken by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.   With ongoing CIMS  training in mind this provides a great opportunity to integrate the updates and enhancements into your training and exercises.  Our training works to the 32158 unit standard.  … Read More

National Emergency Management Agency

  National Emergency Management Agency Establishment  From the 1 December 2019, The National Emergency Management Agency is a legal entity and the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM) has been transitioned into the new organisation. MCDEM ceased to exist on the date NEMA was established, … Read More


Updates on COVID-19 can be found on the Government COVID-19 website.  For latest updates re travel visit Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade website has the latest updates re travel. Read More

Shakeout 2021

New Zealand’s national earthquake drill and tsunami hikoi is on Thursday 28th October 2021 at 9.30am. DROP down on your hands and knees. This protects you from falling but lets you move if you need to. COVER your head and neck (or your entire body if possible) under a sturdy … Read More

CIMS Building Capacity

CIMS Building Capacity:  In 2022, we are introducing a new training package – CIMS: Building Capability.  This package of training will be undertaken over a six-month period and will include CIMS 3/CIMS 4/CIMS Level 5 (a specific function role), several desktop exercises, learning and conducting a briefing plus a one-on-one … Read More

Coordinated Incident Management System – CIMS Planning Function

Planning is the function responsible for overseeing the development of response plans e.g. Action, Long Term, Contingency and Transition Plans.   These unit standards are part of the CIMS Building Capability training, but can be delivered as stand-alone training.  Contact Janice (  to discuss further. The unit standard for this function … Read More

New workplace safety laws bring drop in accidents

This is an example of reduction part of emergency management. Alden Williams/Fairfax NZ Businesses are reaping the benefits from changes to workplace health and safety legislation. One year on from changes to workplace health and safety legislation, a Nelson compliance expert says the region’s businesses and employees are reaping the benefits. The Health … Read More

Drones in disaster zones could prove a lifesaver

Pioneering research from the University of South Australia has shown for the first time that drones can be used to detect human vital signs in war zones and natural disasters. Under a collaborative agreement with the Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group, UniSA researchers have successfully trialled unmanned aerial vehicles … Read More

CIMS Function Manager Roles Levels 4 & 5

We are now offering CIMS 5 & 6 (Coordinated Incident Management System) training courses, with NZQA unit standards.  We are taking expressions of interest for this training programme, register your interest now to receive further information. Read More

‘Triangle of Life’ advice resurfaces (again)

Many of our course attendees ask us what we think about the triangle of life earthquake advice circulating in cyberspace, originally generated by Doug Copp, a self-professed emergency management expert.  The triangle of life theory usually resurfaces following a major earthquake such as Haiti, or most recently Chile.  Read More

Training WCC Civil Defence Centre Volunteers

We recently ran a CIMS training session for the Civil Defence Centre Managers within the Wellington City Area. In a major disaster or emergency Civil Defence Centres are activated by these volunteers. The centres are situated in primary schools or other community locations like community centres. The centres collect information about the impact of an emergency and inform the Wellington Emergency Management Office. There is very little equipment at Civil Defence Centres, so residents should plan to be self-sufficient. Read More