Controllers and Declarations

The Bay of Plenty Civil Defence Emergency Management Group has appointed Group and Local Controllers in accordance with Sections 26 and 27 of the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act.

(A competency profile for the Group Controller is available from the Group Emergency Management Office.)

The Group Controller must, during a state of emergency for the area for which the Group Controller is appointed, direct and coordinate the use of personnel, materials, information, services and other resources made available by departments, Civil Defence Emergency Management Groups and other persons.

Other key functions include:

  • acting as an advisor to a local controller in a local emergency,
  • training and mentoring local controllers,
  • maintaining relationships with CDEM Group Members,
  • monitoring and auditing response capability through exercises.

Declaring a state of emergency allows the Controller and others access to statutory powers. Its purpose is to be a public method of granting people the necessary authority to protect life and property in extraordinary emergency events.

The rationale for declaring a state of emergency is:

  • an emergency event has occurred or may occur
  • the safety of the public or property is endangered
  • loss of life, injury or illness or distress may be caused
  • usual services are inadequate to deal with the emergency

Related Links

Declaration Director Guidelines

Read the guidelines here

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