Civil De­fence sys­tem scru­ti­nised

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Min­is­ter of Civil De­fence Kris Faafoi was in Dan­nevirke on Fri­day, June 15 to seek feed­back on how New Zealand’s Civil De­fence Emer­gency Man­age­ment Sys­tem can be im­proved.

Mr Faafoi, with Kieran McAnulty, met with the may­ors of the Master­ton, Carter­ton and South Wairarapa dis­tricts, coun­cil­lors and coun­cil staff at a may­oral fo­rum in Grey­town. They went on to Dan­nevirke to meet with the Tararua Dis­trict mayor and coun­cil staff.

“Th­ese four dis­tricts cover a huge swathe of the North Island east of the Tararua and Ruahine Ranges and they face a range of haz­ards, from floods and storms to earth­quakes and tsunami,” Mr Faafoi said.

“I’m ea­ger to tap into the lo­cal knowl­edge and experience they have gleaned over the years as I gather feed­back about how we can im­prove our sys­tem to pro­tect New Zealan­ders from nat­u­ral dis­as­ters and other emer­gen­cies.”

In Jan­uary, Mr Faafoi re­leased a report into how New Zealand re­sponds to nat­u­ral dis­as­ters and emer­gen­cies, the Min­is­te­rial Re­view ‘Bet­ter Re­sponses to Nat­u­ral Dis­as­ters and other Emer­gen­cies in New Zealand’.

A tech­ni­cal ad­vi­sory group (TAG) was formed to pro­vide ad­vice, and Mr Faafoi hopes to be in a po­si­tion to con­firm the Govern­ment re­sponse to the TAG rec­om­men­da­tions later this year.

“I’ve seen again in Gis­borne and in other ar­eas that have felt the ef­fects of weather that we do have a sys­tem that is there when our com­mu­ni­ties need it. But the in­creas­ing fre­quency of th­ese events and the learn­ings I am hear­ing from peo­ple around New Zealand make me sure there are things we can im­prove on.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to hear­ing more from the Tararua and Wairarapa com­mu­ni­ties and I am ex­tremely grate­ful to the re­gions for the open­ness and con­sid­er­a­tion given to how we can im­prove so far. Iwi, who are ex­tremely im­por­tant in pro­vid­ing a re­sponse in many ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties, have also gen­er­ously con­trib­uted their time and ex­per­tise and this all makes for a strong re­sponse and stronger sys­tem for when we need it.”

Kieran McAnulty, Labour List MP, Min­is­ter of Civil De­fence Kris Faafoi, Tararua Dis­trict mayor Tracey Col­lis and Peter Wim­sett, man­ager strat­egy and dis­trict de­vel­op­ment for Tararua Dis­trict Coun­cil.

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