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NZQA External Evaluation & Review

Our NZQA external evaluation & review report is now online on the NZQA website. We are really proud of the result and appreciate the fantastic support and feedback received from you, our clients. The evaluation was very thorough, taking several days. Read More

Wellington region updates tsunami warning maps after recent earthquake

Tsunami warning maps.  An excellent resource of updated maps from Wremo via Stuff.  Check out the full article here. A replica of the New Zealand coastline constucted out of the updated tsunami maps. WREMO/SUPPLIED  An updated collection of tsunami warning maps for the Wellington region have been published on the … Read More

Canterbury earthquake memorial

Prime Minister Bill English addressed the thousands of people gathered on Wednesday afternoon at the unveiling of Oi Manawa, the memorial to the 185 people who died in the magnitude-6.3 earthquake on February 22, 2011.  Christchurch’s earthquake memorial is “a place to grieve, but also a place to hope”, … Read More

New Zealand Underwater Association

New Zealand Underwater Association is a not-for-profit organisation leading New Zealand’s underwater community in recreational and sporting activities. Its mission is to be the lead organisation for promoting and advocating safe and enjoyable underwater activities in New Zealand. The New Zealand Underwater Association would like to remind those … Read More

200 people relocating for Kaikōura jobs

PIPPA BROWN/FAIRFAX NZ Source: Chris Hutching at Stuff  The first of NCTIR’s prefabricated accommodation units to house workers on road and rail projects around Kaikōura arrived this week as more ground is prepared. Workers are pouring into Kaikōura for the earthquake rebuild as employment agency Turbo Staff sets up an office there. Read More

How to protect your computer from Petya and other ransonware

The latest computer virus that is similar to Wannacry has spread very quickly across Europe overnight and could arrive in New Zealand at any time. It is a type of virus known as ransomware. It encrypts all files on your computer rendering them unusable. Cadbury’s owner, Mondelez, and shipping giant Maersk … Read More

Karen Walker’s pollution face mask fashion overhaul

Source: Madison Reidy/Fairfax NZ Healthy Breath director Kenneth Leong said he expected fast demand in Asia which Karen Walker said would boost her brand exposure. Fashion designer Karen Walker has helped design a trendy air pollution face mask for Asian consumers struggling with ‘airpocalypse’. Mask maker Healthy Breath launched its … Read More

Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) – video

Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) was established on 1 July 2017. It is the amalgamation of the New Zealand Fire Service, the National Rural Fire Authority, 12 enlarged rural fire districts and 26 territorial authority rural fire authorities.  FENZ is a new unified fire organisation that brings together our country’s … Read More

Cell broadcast alerting

Source: Beehive Media Release The implementation of a new nationwide channel for sending alerts about emergencies to mobile phones is on track to be up and running by the end of the year. Cell broadcast alerting is a new way of sending information to mobile phones in a … Read More

Reserve Bank sets out its stance on cyber security

Source: Sunday Star Times Firms in the finance sector, regulators, and other authorities all have a part to play in managing cyber security risks, a Reserve Bank executive said. They can take on this challenge while still benefiting from the opportunities of new financial technology, said Reserve Bank Head of Prudential … Read More

Commercial building owners & earthquake-prone buildings (EPBs)

Source: Duncan Cotterill partner Paul Calder via Property and Build The new national framework for managing earthquake-prone buildings (EPBs) that became effective on 1 July 2017 has brought several changes. These include a national register, new forms of EPB notice that must be displayed prominently on all EBPs and … Read More

McDEM – Emergency Mobile Alert

If your life, health or property is in serious danger, an Emergency Mobile Alert could be sent to your mobile phone. The alerts are sent using cell broadcast technology, so there is no need to sign up or download an app. They can also be targeted to affected areas, so you will … Read More

Deaf Communities – Emergency Information

Deaf communities will have improved access to emergency information as the result of a Memorandum Of Understanding between the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management and Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand.  This MoU will provide a foundation for the two agencies to improve information before, during and after an emergency. Up … Read More

New workplace safety laws bring drop in accidents

This is an example of reduction part of emergency management. Alden Williams/Fairfax NZ Businesses are reaping the benefits from changes to workplace health and safety legislation. One year on from changes to workplace health and safety legislation, a Nelson compliance expert says the region’s businesses and employees are reaping the benefits. The Health … Read More

Drones in disaster zones could prove a lifesaver

Pioneering research from the University of South Australia has shown for the first time that drones can be used to detect human vital signs in war zones and natural disasters. Under a collaborative agreement with the Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group, UniSA researchers have successfully trialled unmanned aerial vehicles … Read More

‘Triangle of Life’ advice resurfaces (again)

Many of our course attendees ask us what we think about the triangle of life earthquake advice circulating in cyberspace, originally generated by Doug Copp, a self-professed emergency management expert.  The triangle of life theory usually resurfaces following a major earthquake such as Haiti, or most recently Chile.  Read More

Training WCC Civil Defence Centre Volunteers

We recently ran a CIMS training session for the Civil Defence Centre Managers within the Wellington City Area. In a major disaster or emergency Civil Defence Centres are activated by these volunteers. The centres are situated in primary schools or other community locations like community centres. The centres collect information about the impact of an emergency and inform the Wellington Emergency Management Office. There is very little equipment at Civil Defence Centres, so residents should plan to be self-sufficient. Read More