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The Canterbury CDEM Group is a partnership of local authorities, emergency services and other organisations tasked with ensuring the effective delivery of civil defence emergency management in Canterbury.


The Canterbury CDEM Group aims to:

  • Co-ordinate all planning activities related to hazard and emergency management,
  • Encourage co-operation and joint action within the region,
  • Determine the aspirations of our community,
  • Examine the risks that hazards may pose to the goals, and prioritise each hazard.


To provide a co-ordinated and integrated approach to the way significant risks and hazards are managed in the Canterbury region across the 4 R’s:

  • Reduction
  • Readiness
  • Response
  • Recovery


The local authority members of the Canterbury CDEM Group are:

Kaikoura District Council
Hurunui District Council
Waimakariri District Council
Christchurch City Council
Environment Canterbury
Selwyn District Council
Ashburton District Council
Timaru District Council
Mackenzie District Council
Waimate District Council

The partner agencies in the Canterbury CDEM Group are:

New Zealand Police
New Zealand Fire Service
Canterbury District Health Board
South Canterbury District Health Board
St John Ambulance
Canterbury West Coast Rural Fire Committee
Ministry of Primary Industries
Canterbury Chamber of Commerce
Ministry of Social Development

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