Possible changes on the way for Civil Defence following Ministerial review

New Zealand's civil defence procedures could see changes following the release of a Ministerial review into emergency management.

The review began under the previous government and had support across parties.

Chair of the Technical Advisory Group charged with writing the report, Roger Sowry, says while the current system works New Zealand - it could be better.

"There is clearly an enormous amount of commitment from staff from multiple agencies, volunteers and communities in responding to emergencies," he said.

"However, recent events have shown that the current system doesn't always work as well as it should for communities, stakeholders, and the public overall."

The first recommendation was for a new national emergency management agency to provide better coordination across the county in both local and national emergencies.

Subsequent suggestions include the use of "fly in teams" to operate during a crisis, increased collaboration with iwi and more proactive use of technology to communicate in a major event.

The report also proposes the creation of a new type of emergency warning called a "major incident" which would sit one level below a state of emergency.

Minister of Civil Defence Kris Faafoi says the contents of the report will be carefully considered and changes could be made.

"I've already started some discussions and that will step up as people have a chance to look at the report and consider what it has found," he said.

"It's critically important to take the appropriate time to get this right and to make sure we have heard back from those involved, including colleagues in the cross-party forum.

"The current system stands up well when we need it, and has done so throughout the pressures, issues and challenges in recent years.

"But it is clear more must be done, particularly given the increasing events we have experienced."