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7 November 2019

Can Wellington step up to the challenge of a long walk home? 

To be better prepared for such a disruption, Wellington city-based commuters are being invited to take part in Wellington’s annual long-distance walking event, the ‘Long Walk Home’.

This year’s walk takes place on Friday 6 December starting at 1pm from the Westpac Stadium. It will finish around 7pm in Silverstream, Upper Hutt - a total distance of 30 kilometres for those who complete the full route. Registrations for the event are now open, visit to sign up.

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15  October 2019

Upper Hutt businesses urged to plan for disruption (business continuity planning)  

Disruptions can happen at any time. Whether it’s due to seasonal flu, a power outage, or a significant event like a large earthquake, Upper Hutt businesses are being urged to plan for disruption. Next Tuesday evening (22/10), businesses are invited to make a start on planning by attending a free continuity planning workshop at Upper Hutt’s public art gallery. Register at

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 4 April 2019 Compelling Hikurangi Response Plan video released, highlights need for Kiwis to prepare


New Zealand sits on a subduction zone just like Japan, and people should be prepared for the next large earthquake and tsunami.

That’s the message behind the first Hikurangi Response Plan educational video, which features practical tips on how to better prepare for a large earthquake and tsunami.
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2 April 2019

Have your say on emergency management in the Wellington Region

Residents in the Wellington Region have four weeks to have their say on a five-year plan for Civil Defence and Emergency Management (CDEM). Public consultation on the Wellington Region’s CDEM Group Plan is now open and submissions will be accepted until 4pm on Monday 29 April 2019.
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20 March 2019

Get to know your neighbours before an emergency happens

Do you know your neighbours? If not, why not get to know them at events happening in your area this weekend and next week? You could be each other’s best source of support in an emergency! 
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10 January 2019 Preparing for the Big One on the Hikurangi Subduction Zone

Planning for a rupture of New Zealand’s largest fault - the Hikurangi subduction zone - has kicked into motion, with scientists certain it’s a case of when, not if.
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14 December 2018  A big step forward for the Wellington Region’s emergency management response 

Between the 14 and 28 November, over 400 council staff from across the Wellington Region took part in a series of 13 table-top exercises which used a scenario of a large earthquake to test emergency response procedures. The exercises coincided with the second anniversary of the Kaikoura Earthquake.  
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14 December 2018 Cultural organisations identify priorities for recovery of the Wellington Region  

How can cultural organisations work together to help rebuild societies following a disaster?  

In November, more than fifty cultural organisations from across the Wellington Region, representing arts, recreation, sports and heritage, met to discuss how they could work together to help the region recover from a major disaster. 
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13 November 2018 Earthquake scenario to practise emergency response on 2nd anniversary of Kaikōura quake Between the 14 and 28 November, councils across the Wellington region will be holding a series of training exercises using a simulated earthquake scenario to practise their emergency response procedures. The first of this series coincides with the second anniversary of the 2016 Kaikōura earthquake and takes place at Hutt City Council on Wednesday 14 November. 
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24 October 2018 Step up your level of earthquake preparedness with a long walk home Step up your level of earthquake preparedness with a long walk home After a major disaster, Wellington city’s roads and rail links could be cut off. If you live outside the city, your only option to get home could be on foot. To help the region’s residents get better prepared, community groups in Kāpiti and the Hutt Valley are asking people to join them in practising their long walk home. 
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