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Civil Defence & Emergency
~ Ngā Whakahaere Whawhati Tata

civil defence

General Information

Emergencies and disasters can occur with little or no warning so it's important that everyone in the community prepares for such an event.

The council employs a full-time manager of Civil Defence and Emergency Management. The role includes recruiting and training volunteers and organising training exercises.

What the Wairoa District Council does

The Wairoa District Council maintains a system for managing major emergencies. It provides co-ordination and emergency management when a disastrous event is so big that normal emergency and essential services cannot cope on their own without additional assistance.

What paid and volunteer staff do

Paid and volunteer staff come together to provide Civil Defence control and this team becomes the overall emergency manager. Civil Defence works with emergency services to gather information about the event and the damage involved so resources such as people or equipment can be allocated where the need is greatest and most urgent.

What's the priority?

The Civil Defence priority is public safety reducing the loss of life and injury, and relieving the distress of those affected by the disaster. Civil Defence is often involved in localised events such as floods and storms, monitoring conditions throughout the troubled district, tracking weather patterns and keeping an overview to ensure safety.


If a state of Civil Defence is in force, you must follow all instructions given by emergency services and civil defence.

The Wairoa District Council's responsibilities

The Wairoa District Council is responsible for facilitating strategies in order to achieve an appropriate level of comprehensive emergency management for disasters within the Wairoa District. The primary goal is to enable communities to be self reliant in an emergency. Council places emphasis on encouraging communities to reduce the likely impact from, prepare for, and be able to respond effectively to, emergency events on their own.

The aim is to control, prevent or reduce, loss of life, damage to property and environmental impact. The long term focus for Council is to ensure that threats to life and property in emergency situations are effectively managed, in accordance with legislative requirements.

Educate yourself

Educate yourself using the Hawke's Bay Emergency Management Group website and Ministry of Civil Defence website which contain important information.


For more information relating to Civil Defence please contact the Wairoa District Council.

+64 6 838 7309

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