How we work

What does Civil Defence do?

Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Groups deliver CDEM through its executives, planners and operational staff of the many agencies involved in CDEM.
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Neighbouring CDEM groups

16 CDEM Groups have been formed across New Zealand, who are responsible for civil defence emergency management (CDEM) in their area. Our Neighbouring CDEM groups are Waikato and Ma...
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Civil Defence history

NZ's first organised civil defence was prompted by fears of air raids and poison-gas attacks during the Second World War – and fears of nuclear attack in the 1950s.
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