About Civil Defence

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Our region and our country are beautiful places to live, but they are also places that challenge us. Much of our local infrastructure is built across, or close to, fault lines; we regularly experience flooding; and the historical record shows our region has experienced large tsunamis.

In 2010 and 2011 teams of emergency responders and volunteers from Nelson Tasman travelled to Canterbury to support our neighbours following devastating earthquakes there. We know from our experiences in 1929 (Murchison) and 1968 (Inangahua) that we are also exposed to earthquakes.

In December 2011 our region suffered its worst flood in decades, resulting in a Declaration of Emergency and many homes destroyed.

Our Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Group has the important role of helping the community understand its risks. The CDEM Group makes plans so we are ready to respond to emergencies, it leads the response to emergency events, and coordinates recovery afterwards.

The Nelson Tasman CDEM Group, is a partnership between Nelson City and Tasman District Councils and its key partner agencies who are involved in the delivery of emergency management. These partner agencies are Police, Fire, Ambulance, the Marlborough District Health Board, the Ministry of Social Development, local iwi, and the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management.

Most importantly, however, civil defence is about the resilience of our communities. Around our region we rely on families and businesses to take responsibility for themselves. Please explore the useful information on this website to understand the risks we face and what you need to do.

CDEM Group Plan

The Nelson Tasman Civil Defence Emergency Management Group Plan provides for an ‘all hazards’ approach to emergency management planning and activity within the CDEM Group area for Nelson City and Tasman District. The CDEM Group Plan must state the civil defence emergency management structure and systems necessary to manage those hazards, including the arrangements for declaring a state of emergency in the Group’sarea. The Group Plan is therefore the primary instrument wherebythe community identifies and assesses its hazards and risks, and decides on the acceptable level of risk to be managed and how it is to be managed.

The 2005 CDEM Group Plan was reviewed in 2010. More about the CDEM Group Plan.

Response Team - NZ-RT2

Our region is fortunate to have its own specialist civil defence rescue team, known as New Zealand Response Team 2 (NZ-RT2).  The team is managed by the Nelson Tasman Civil Defence Emergency Management Group (ie the two councils).  The team consists of up to 24 volunteers who train regularly to ensure they meet national Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) standards. 

Whilst specialising in Urban Search and Rescue work, the team has a role in all types of Civil Defence emergencies. Possible deployments include floods, collapsed, buildings, and landslips. The team also supports the Emergency Services in the region and has a close relationship with Land Search and Rescue (LSAR).

Find out more at the New Zealand Response Team 2 website

Important links

We've collected some key links to local and central government, and to our partners and other responsible agencies, along with a few international links of interest. Go the important links page.