Otago Daily Times

Group to give cri­sis plan­ning ad­vice

- EMMA PERRY

THE first lo­cal ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee for Fire and Emer­gency New Zealand held its in­au­gu­ral meet­ing in Dunedin last week.

The Otago com­mit­tee was cre­ated to pro­vide in­de­pen­dent ad­vice from a lo­cal per­spec­tive about emer­gency plan­ning, as it ex­pects to face a grow­ing range of chal­lenges with emer­gency prepa­ra­tion, re­sponse and re­cov­ery over the com­ing years.

Mem­bers will work closely with a wide range of peo­ple to do this, in­clud­ing the lo­cal

Fenz man­age­ment team.

Otago lo­cal ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee chair­man Bren­den Win­der said the first face­to­face meet­ings on Oc­to­ber 8 and 9 were a tan­gi­ble step for­ward for the com­mit­tee and Fenz.

‘‘It was great to have the com­mit­tee to­gether and meet mem­bers of the Fire and Emer­gency re­gional and lo­cal ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee team.

‘‘We cov­ered a lot of ground and were able to more closely pin­point who our main com­mu­nity con­tacts in Otago will be and who we will be en­gag­ing with to help us form our ad­vice.’’

Fenz re­gion man­ager Mike

Grant said it was great to be part of the first meet­ings.

‘‘We look for­ward to work­ing closely with our com­mit­tee to build a com­mon un­der­stand­ing of Otago’s needs and con­sid­er­ing how we ad­dress these at a lo­cal level.

‘‘The work of the lo­cal ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee will also strengthen con­nec­tions be­tween Fire and Emer­gency and our com­mu­ni­ties in the area.’’

Otago is one of seven re­gions es­tab­lish­ing the com­mit­tees.

Wider lo­cal ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee com­mu­nity en­gage­ment is ex­pected to be­gin early next year.

 ?? PHOTO: SUPPLIED ?? First step . . . At the in­au­gu­ral meet­ing of the Otago lo­cal ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee at Orokonui Eco­sanc­tu­ary are (from left) Neil Gille­spie, Me­gan McPher­son, Des Mine­han, Michelle Ta­iaroa­McDon­ald, Hi­lary McNab, Mandy May­hem­Bul­lock and chair­man Bren­den Win­der. Ab­sent are deputy chair­woman Helen Al­gar and Aaron Flem­ing.
PHOTO: SUPPLIED First step . . . At the in­au­gu­ral meet­ing of the Otago lo­cal ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee at Orokonui Eco­sanc­tu­ary are (from left) Neil Gille­spie, Me­gan McPher­son, Des Mine­han, Michelle Ta­iaroa­McDon­ald, Hi­lary McNab, Mandy May­hem­Bul­lock and chair­man Bren­den Win­der. Ab­sent are deputy chair­woman Helen Al­gar and Aaron Flem­ing.

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