Government to modernise emergency management system

An Insurance Business Magazine article.

A bill that seeks to modernise New Zealand’s emergency management system will be filed in Parliament, Minister for Emergency Management Kiri Allan said.

The bill will supersede the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002 and will “address a number of identified shortcomings to ensure the system can meet current and future needs,” Allan said.

The legislation was formulated after a ministerial review found vulnerabilities in the system, particularly in the response phase. These vulnerabilities were highlighted by the aftermaths of the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake and the 2017 Port Hill fire.

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