Governance, Strategies and Plans

national legislation and strategies

The CDEM Act

The Civil Defence Emergency Management Act (CDEM Act) 2002 creates a framework within which New Zealand can prepare for, deal with, and recover from local, regional and national emergencies. It came into effect on 1 December 2002 and replaced the Civil Defence Act 1983. Minor amendments to the Act were made in 2012.

The CDEM Act 2002

An overview of the Act

The National Disaster Resilience Strategy

The National Disaster Resilience Strategy outlines the vision and long-term goals for civil defence emergency management (CDEM) in New Zealand, and the objectives to be pursued to meet those goals. This Strategy is for all New Zealanders, and all those who live, work or visit here. It is intended to provide a common agenda for resilience that individual organisations, agencies, and groups can align with for collective impact.

The National Disaster Resilience Strategy Resources

The National Emergency Management Agency

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) is the Government lead for emergency management. NEMA helps build a safe and resilient Aotearoa New Zealand by empowering communities before, during and after emergencies. Depending on the emergency, NEMA leads or supports the response and recovery.

For more information, resources and national updates, visit

Auckland Emergency Management Group Plan

Group Plan 2024-2029

The Group Plan outlines our vision and goals, how we will achieve them and how we will measure our performance.

Working together to build a resilient Auckland, He tāpui tāngata hei āhuru mōwai mo Tāmaki Makaurau, is the vision for the Auckland Civil Defence and Emergency Management (CDEM) Group Plan 2024-2029 (the Group Plan).

The Group Plan presents the vision and goals of the Auckland CDEM Group for this period, how Auckland will achieve this vision, and a framework for measuring progress. It is designed to be the five-year strategic plan for the Auckland CDEM Group, key partners and stakeholders involved in CDEM functions, as well as the public within the Auckland region.

Its aim is to provide for a coordinated and integrated approach to the way significant risks and hazards are managed in Auckland. This will help ensure the community’s social, economic, cultural and environmental well-being, as well as safety of people and property.

The Group Plan is designed to ensure communities are prepared when a disaster strikes.

Each CDEM group in Aotearoa is required to have a group plan. This plan is a statutory requirement under the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002. The current plan was prepared by the Auckland CDEM Group and came into effect in March 2024.

Auckland welfare plan

The delivery of welfare in emergency management is made up of emergency services, social and health services and non-government organisations. We work together to minimise and address the impacts of an emergency on individuals, whānau and communities.

Auckland Emergency Management (AEM) is responsible for the overall coordination of welfare services in an emergency. This is delivered in partnership through the Auckland Welfare Coordination Group (AWCG).

The AWCG work together to plan for and respond to emergencies through the development of a shared plan of action that can be followed in the event of an emergency. When an emergency event occurs, it is crucial for AWCG agencies and others to provide a coordinated approach
to responding to the impacts on individuals, whānau and communities.
The AWCG is supported by the National Welfare Coordination Group (NWCG). They provide strategic support and guidance of planning, development and coordination.

Auckland Welfare Plan has been developed by AEM and the AWCG to show the way we work and the work we do.