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Natural Hazard Management News

Ex-tropical Cyclone Debbie

As at 18 April 2017 a local State of Emergency remains in place for the Whakatane District to enable the continued response to flooding and storm damage in Edgecumbe and other Eastern Bay areas.

See www.whakatane.govt.nz or contact Whakatāne District Council on 07 306 0500 for the latest information, public alerts and updates for Edgecumbe and other parts of the district.

Resource Legislation Amendment Act 2017

 

The management of significant risks from natrual hazards is a new matter of national importance in section 6 of the RMA. The Bay of Plenty Regional Policy Statement supports the risk based approach through the new natural hazard provisions made operative 5 July 2016.

The Ministry for the Environment has more information about the Resource Legislation Amendment Act 2017 which became law on 18 April 2017.

National Disaster Resilience Strategy

On 9 November 2016 staff from BOPRC and BOP Civil Defence and Emergency Management (CDEM) attended a stakeholder workshop to provide input into the draft National Disaster Resilience Strategy. The strategy is being prepared under the CDEM Act and will replace the existing National CDEM Strategy.  It is also a blueprint for implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, which is an international agreement the NZ Government is a signatory to. 

The strategy has Risk and Resilience as its key focus, which represents a shift from the current focus on the “4 Rs” (Reduction, Readiness, Response, Recovery). The draft strategy is planned for release for public consultation in May 2017. 

See more information on the National Disaster Resilience Strategy.