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30 June, 2015

More support and progress in storm recovery

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye says dedicated recovery managers are on the ground to coordinate the recovery led by local authorities, in areas affected by the recent severe storm.

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26 June, 2015

Progress on recovery from severe storm

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye says the recovery led by local authorities is well under way in regions affected by the severe storm that crossed New Zealand between 18 and 20 June.

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22 June, 2015

Government support for communities affected by storm

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye says the government will contribute significant support to areas affected by the severe storm over the past five days.

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21 June, 2015

Taranaki, Wanganui, Rangitikei update

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye says states of local emergency were declared in Taranaki, Wanganui and Rangitikei yesterday to enable people to be evacuated to safety.

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20 June, 2015

Wanganui state of local emergency declared

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye acknowledges Wanganui District Council declaring a state of local emergency this afternoon before flooding threatens homes.

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18 June, 2015

Emergency app another step towards better public alerting

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye says the emergency response smartphone app announced today by Communications Minister Amy Adams could potentially save lives in many types of emergencies.

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17 June, 2015

Government contributes $100k to Dunedin Mayoral Relief Fund

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye announced today that the government will contribute $100,000 to the Mayoral Relief Fund to support people affected by the recent Dunedin flooding.

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15 June, 2015

NZ Symposium on Disaster Risk Reduction opening address

It’s a pleasure to be here at the first-ever New Zealand Symposium on Disaster Risk Reduction.

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15 June, 2015

New Civil Defence recovery law

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye today announced that Cabinet has approved changes to the Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Act that will improve the way communities recover from emergencies.

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10 June, 2015

Earthquake preparedness advice updated

The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM) has today published updated advice about how to prepare for earthquakes, says Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye.

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5 June, 2015

Ministers support reliable local infrastructure

An establishment board will be formed to assess whether local government’s management of the risks from natural hazards to infrastructure and other assets can be strengthened.

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5 June, 2015

New Zealand’s new Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan approved

The government has approved, through an Order in Council, a revised plan to ensure New Zealand is well prepared to manage emergencies, Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye announced today.

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22 May, 2015

Building better connections between Asia and the Pacific

I am delighted to have the opportunity to speak at this International Conference on the Future of Asia. New Zealand considers itself very much an active country of this region.

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19 May, 2015

Minister to represent government at Nikkei Forum and PALM Summit in Japan

Civil Defence, Youth and Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye will travel to Japan tomorrow, to represent the government at the 2015 Nikkei Forum and the seventh Pacific Alliance Leaders Meeting (PALM).

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28 April, 2015

New Zealand ShakeOut 2015 launched today

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye today launched New Zealand ShakeOut 2015, a six month campaign leading up to a national earthquake drill at 9.15am on 15 October 2015.

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24 April, 2015

Update on 6.2 St Arnaud earthquake

GeoNet recorded a 6.2 earthquake located 35km south-east of St Arnaud, at a depth of 52km, just after 3.30pm today.

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24 March, 2015

Work to improve Chatham Islands’ resilience

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye says Cyclone Pam highlighted potential improvements that could be made to strengthen the Chatham Islands’ resilience against future emergencies.

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18 March, 2015

Minister thanks all involved in cyclone response

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye has thanked everyone involved in preparing for and responding to the effects of Cyclone Pam in New Zealand.

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15 March, 2015

Affected areas should prepare for severe weather

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye says communities in the northeast of the North Island from Cape Reinga to Hawkes Bay, and outer islands such as the Chatham Islands, should make sure they’re prepared for the possible impact of Cyclone Pam.

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24 February, 2015

Minister presents 2015 civil defence awards

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye tonight presented awards to a number of people who have made significant contributions to civil defence emergency management in New Zealand.

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24 February, 2015

Speech to New Zealand Emergency Management & Business Resilience Summit

Since I spoke to you at last year’s summit, there have been major changes at the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management, known as MCDEM.

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27 January, 2015

New year good time to prepare for emergencies

With many of us finishing our summer break and gearing up for the new work and school year, now’s the time to check that we’re prepared for an emergency, says Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye.

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9 December, 2014

Minister welcomes new Director of Civil Defence

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye welcomes the appointment of Sarah Stuart-Black, the new Director at the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM).

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27 November, 2014

Speech to Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management ‘National Controllers’ Forum’

I’m pleased to have this opportunity to acknowledge the important role you play in emergencies, and to join you as you learn, share ideas and reflect on the past and the future.

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