Civil Defence replaced by new agency

Peeni Henare.
Peeni Henare. Photo credit: Newshub Nation

Civil Defence is no longer in charge of warning Kiwis of incoming natural disasters.

The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management will be swapped out on Monday in favour of the newly established National Emergency Management Agency. 

Civil Defence Minister Peeni Henare says it's more than a name change - the new organisation will aim to bypass bureaucracy and makes sure the line of contact and accountability is to the minister directly.

"The National Emergency Management Agency will work together with central and local government, communities, iwi/Māori and the business sector to reduce those impacts. 

"It will take a system-wide approach to reducing risk, strengthening readiness, and quickly and effectively responding to and recovering from emergencies."

The new agency will take over Civil Defence's existing responsibilities. 

Carolyn Schwalger as the chief executive for an interim period. She has recently been head of the transition department.


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