Civil Defence and Emergency Management Amendment Bill

Chair of the Government Administration Committee

For immediate release – 12 February 2016

The Chairperson of the Government Administration Committee is inviting submissions on the Civil Defence and Emergency Management Amendment Bill. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, 24 March 2016.

This bill proposes to amend the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002 to enable better recovery from New Zealand’s most frequent emergencies – those of small to moderate scale.

The bill proposes strengthening the legislative framework for recovery by introducing provisions that:

• Provide a mandate for roles and responsibilities that apply for the duration of the recovery from an emergency; and

• Strengthen recovery planning; and

• Ensure a seamless transition from the response to an emergency to the initial recovery period, by ensuring that appropriate and effective statutory powers and arrangements are available.

The bill also proposes creating a permanent legislative authority to allow for Crown funding of response and recovery costs, and makes a number of minor and technical amendments to the Act.

If you would like to have your say on the Civil Defence and Emergency Management Amendment Bill, you can make a submission on the Parliament website, or you can send your submission via email or post to:

Government.administration@parliament.govt.nz or

Government Administration Committee Secretariat, Level 10 Bowen House, Parliament Buildings, Wellington

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