About the Canterbury CDEM Group
The Canterbury CDEM Group is a partnership of local authorities, emergency services and other organisations tasked with providing effective and comprehensive management of major hazards and their consequences anywhere in Canterbury.
The broad purpose of the CDEM Group is to assist the communities of Canterbury to be more aware of the significant hazards that they may face, and to better enable the community and emergency response organisations to be more resilient to those hazards in the future.
CDEM Plan for Canterbury
Planning together is a crucial aspect of effective emergency management. The CDEM Group partners have been developing a comprehensive CDEM Plan for Canterbury since the CDEM Act came into effect in December 2002. The Draft Plan was opened for public consultation on 10 January 2005. Submissions closed on 10 February and the Plan became operative prior to 24 April 2005.
The CDEM Group's vision is:
A Resilient Canterbury - Waitaha Tukaha
A resilient Canterbury will exist when communities are environmentally, socially and physically resilient to the impact of emergency events.
The Canterbury CDEM Group area extends to the northern boundaries of Kaikoura and Hurunui Districts, to the west along the boundary with the West Coast Region, to the south on the southern boundaries of Timaru and Waimate Districts, and to the Pacific Ocean to the East.
The local authority members of the CDEM Group Joint Committee are:
- Ashburton District Council
- Christchurch City Council
- Environment Canterbury
- Kaikoura District Council
- Hurunui District Council
- Mackenzie District Council
- Selwyn District Council
- Timaru District Council
- Waimate District Council
- Waimakariri District
The CDEM Group’s influence is extended beyond the local authority member authorities to include a wide range of partner organisations. The primary partners are those with membership on the Coordinating Executive Group (CEG), established according to s20 CDEM Act. The representative members that form the CEG are chief executives of senior officer of their respective organisations in Canterbury.
The member organisations of the Coordinating Executive Group are:
- The local authority members of the CDEM Group, including Environment Canterbury.
- NZ Police
- NZ Fire Service
- Canterbury District Health Board
- South Canterbury District Health Board
- St John Ambulance
- Canterbury Employers Chamber of Commerce
- Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
- Canterbury West Coast Rural Fire Committee
- Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management
- Canterbury CDEM Group Controller
The CEG brings together a much wider range of organisations through its various committees.