The Wellington Region Civil Defence Emergency Management Group (the CDEM Group) is made up of a number of agencies from the region who work together to provide civil defence and emergency management to the region. This includes the nine councils, emergency services, lifeline utilities, WREMO and any other agency with civil defence and emergency management responsibility.
Governance of the Wellington Region Civil Defence Emergency Management Group and its activities is provided by the Joint Committee.
Functions of the Group
Under the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002 the Wellington Region Civil Defence Emergency Management Group has a legislative responsibility to
- identify, assess, and manage the hazards and risks.
- consult and communicate about risks.
- identify and implement cost-effective risk reduction.
- ensure there are sufficiently trained people (including volunteers) to provide civil defence emergency management.
- ensure there is an appropriate organisational structure to provide civil defence emergency management.
- ensure there is sufficient material, services, information, and any other resources for effective civil defence emergency management.
- respond to and manage the adverse effects of emergencies in its area.
- carry out recovery activities.
- assist other Groups in the implementation of civil defence emergency management in their areas when requested.
- promote and raise awareness of civil defence emergency management.
- monitor and report on compliance with the Act.
- develop, approve, implement, and monitor a civil defence emergency management group plan and regularly review the plan:
- participate in the development of the national civil defence emergency management strategy and the national civil defence emergency management plan:
- promote civil defence emergency management.
The Wellington Region Civil Defence Emergency Management Group may also have civil defence and emergency management responsibilities under the following legislation:
- Biosecurity Act 1993
- Building Act 2004
- Fire Service Act 1975
- Forest and Rural Fires Act 1977
- Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996
- Health Act 1956
- Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992
- Local Government Act 1974
- Local Government Act 2002
- Maritime Transport Act 1994
- Resource Management Act 1991