How it works

Civil Defence in our region is coordinated via our Civil Defence Emergency Management Group (CDEM Group) which is based on regional boundaries and combines local councils, emergency services, health boards and other organisations to take a highly coordinated approach to emergency management.

Our CDEM Group works together to:

  • reduce the potential effects of hazards
  • promote community and Council readiness (preparedness) to respond to emergencies
  • help the community to recover after an event.

Horizons' role

Horizons has facilitated the establishment of a CDEM Group in accordance with the Civil Defence and Emergency Management Act 2002.

As a member of the group our responsibilities include evaluating warning systems, implementing Civil Defence controllers' courses and operating as the Group Emergency Operation Centre. More information on the roles and responsibilities of Horizons and other agencies can be found in the CDEM Group Plan.

Who else is in the CDEM Group?

The members of the Manawatu - Wanganui CDEM group include:

  • Horizons Regional Council
  • our Region’s city and district councils: Horowhenua, Tararua, Palmerston North, Manawatu, Rangitikei, Wanganui and Ruapehu districts.
  • Fire and rural fire services
  • Police
  • Ambulance
  • District health boards
  • Public Health
  • Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management.

How is it structured?

The CDEM Group is supported by a Coordinating Executive Group (CEG), which meets approximately every six weeks to plan the work of the CDEM Group. This group is made up of senior staff from local authorities, emergency services and the district health board.

See the organisation chart explaining the relationships of the CDEM Group Committee, CEG and Emergency Management Office (EMO).

What have we got planned?

See below for the training forecast and meeting calendar of the Manawatu-Wanganui CDEM Group. These are updated approximately every two months.

To go to the Manawatu-Wanganui CDEM group blog click here