Who we are

Each Local authority in the Bay of Plenty region is a member of the Bay of Plenty CDEM Group. The Group's functions, duties and powers are set out in The CDEM Act 2002. The Group is established in accordance with Section 12 of the CDEM Act 2002 as a Bay of Plenty CDEM Group Joint Committee under the Local Government Act 2002 and operates under a Constitution. The Joint Committee has powers that are reasonably necessary to enable it to perform it's functions, including the power to delegate functions to members, the Group Controller or any other person.

Members of the Bay of Plenty CDEM Group are:

  • Bay of Plenty Regional Council
  • Kawerau District Council
  • Opotiki District Council
  • Rotorua Lakes Council (legally Rotorua District Council)
  • Tauranga City Council
  • Western Bay of Plenty District Council
  • Whakatane District Council

The Joint Committee oversees the delivery of the functions, duties and power of the CDEM Group, under The CDEM Act 2002. The Joint Committee has a Constitution that guides how the Group operates, how decisions are made and its functions and roles.

Under the Bay of Plenty CDEM Group Joint Committee's Constitution, each member's representative has full delegated authority to exercise the functions, powers and duties of members under the CDEM Act 2002. Each member's representative has delegated authority to vote and make decisions on the behalf of the member. The Joint Committee oversees the delivery of the functions, duties and power of the CDEM Group, under the CDEM Act 2002. 

Joint Committee Members

Member Alternate Member Organisation
Councillor David Love Chairman Douglas Leeder Bay of Plenty Regional Council
Mayor Malcolm Campbell Councillor Faylene Tunui Kawerau District Council
Mayor John Forbes Councillor Shona Browne Opotiki District Council
Mayor Steve Chadwick Councillor Dave Donaldson Rotorua Lakes Council
Mayor Greg Brownless Councillor Kelvin Clout Tauranga City Council
Mayor Garry Webber Councillor Mike Williams Western Bay of Plenty District Council
Mayor Tony Bonne Councillor Judy Turner Whakatane District Council

 

The Coordinating Executive Group (CEG) is established under The CDEM Act 2002, essentially to provide management support to the Bay of Plenty CDEM Group Joint Committee. CEG operates under a Terms of Reference, with all members having equal voting rights and is responsible for:

  • Providing advice to the CDEM Group
  • Implementing as appropriate, the decisions of the Group
  • Overseeing the implementation, development, maintenance, monitoring and evaluation of the Bay of Plenty CDEM Group Plan

Coordinating Executive Group Membership

Each local authority member is represented on CEG by its Chief Executive (or an alternate representative who has been given delegated authority to act for the Chief Executive).

  • Bay of Plenty Regional Council
  • Kawerau District Council   
  • Opotiki District Council
  • Rotorua Lakes Council (legally Rotorua District Council)
  • Western Bay of Plenty District Council
  • Whakatane District Council
  • Tauranga City Council

All other members are senior representatives of their organisation. This ensures members have a strategic overview, can implement decisions within their organisations and are able to commit resources:

  • New Zealand Police
  • Fire and Emergency New Zealand
  • Bay of Plenty District Health Board
  • Lakes District Health Board

Co-opted Members

  • Welfare Coordination Group (WCG) chairperson
  • Bay of Plenty Lifelines Group (BOPLG) chairperson
  • Group Controller
  • Group Recovery Manager
  • Medical Officer of Health
  • Te Puni Kokiri
  • St John Ambulance

Co-opted members have the same voting rights as other members.

Non-voting Advisors

  • Senior Regional Emergency Management Advisors of the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management

Group Controller

Section 18(2) of The CDEM Act 2002 outlines the general power of the CDEM Group. These general power are delegated to the Group Controller. They include recruiting and training volunteers, conducting training exercises, issuing and controlling the use of signs, badges, insignia and identified passes, providing and operating warning systems, providing communications, equipment, accommodation and facilities and any other powers necessary to give effect to an emergency management plan.

Section 76 of The CDEM Act 2002 outlines the power to require information that their opinion is necessary for the exercise of civil defence emergency management. The Group Controller also has specific powers in a declared State of Emergency.

Local Controller

Local Controllers are also delegated the general powers set out in Section 18 (2) of The CDEM Act 2002 and powers under Sections 76 and 85. These are the same as for the Group Controller. Local Controllers are required under Section 27 (2) to follow directions given by the Group Controller during an emergency.

Unlike the Group Controller, Local Controllers do not have the powers of Sections 86 - 92 and 94 conferred on them by The CDEM Act 2002. The Group must direct Local Controllers to carry out these power through their appointment.

In accordance with Section 88 of the CDEM Act 2002, the Bay of Plenty CDEM Group authorises Local Controllers to close roads and public places in areas where a State of Emergency is in force.

Bay of Plenty Group and Local Controllers

Controller

Name

Company

 

Group Controller

Clinton Naude

Bay of Plenty CDEM Group

 

Alternative Group Controller

Chris Ingle

Bay of Plenty CDEM Group

 

Alternative Group Controller

Angela Reade

Bay of Plenty CDEM Group

 

Alternative Group Controller

Craig Morris

Bay of Plenty CDEM Group

 

Alternative Group Controller

Jono Meldrum

Bay of Plenty CDEM Group

 

Alternative Group Controller

Matthew Harrex

Bay of Plenty CDEM Group

 

Alternative Group Controller

Warrick Murray

Bay of Plenty CDEM Group

 

Local Controller

Barbara Dempsey

Whakatane District Council

 

Local Controller

Mike Naude

Whakatane District Council

 

Local Controller

Nicholas Woodley

Whakatane District Council

 

Local Controller

Lee Barton

Kawerau District Council

 

Local Controller

Dayle Johnston

Kawerau District Council

 

Local Controller

Eric Newman

Western Bay of Plenty District Council

 

Local Controller

Gary Allis

Western Bay of Plenty District Council

 

Local Controller

Peter Watson

Western Bay of Plenty District Council

 

Local Controller

Phillip Martelli

Western Bay of Plenty District Council

 

Local Controller

Paul Davidson

Tauranga City Council

 

Local Controller

Stavros Michael

Rotorua Lakes Council

 

Local Controller

Suzanne Craig

Rotorua Lakes Council

 

Local Controller

Regan Fraser

Rotorua Lakes Council

 

Local Controller

Richard Horne

Rotorua Lakes Council

 

Local Controller

Bruce Horne

Rotorua Lakes Council

 

Local Controller

Aileen Lawrie

Ōpōtiki District Council

 

Local Controller

Gerard McCormack

Ōpōtiki District Council

 

Group Recovery Structure

Recovery is led by the Bay of Plenty CDEM Group Joint Committee, which determines the priorities and policy. This is supported at the strategic level by the Coordinating Executive Group (CEG). Operationally the Group Recovery Manager coordinates the recovery efforts between agencies and local authorities and ensures the directives and priorities set by the Bay of CDEM Group Joint Committee and CEG are implemented. A Group Recovery Office may set up, depending on the size and complexity of the event.

Group Recovery Manager

The role of the Group Recovery Manager is to:

  • Provide leadership to the Group on pre-event recovery planning, assistance and advice to Local Recovery Managers.
  • Coordinate recovery activities across the Group as required.
  • Liaise primarily with the Local Recovery Managers, the National Recovery Manager (if appointed) and the Recovery Management Team.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with other government and non-government agencies.
  • Adivse the Recovery Team, CEG and Joint Committee on the application of The CDEM Act 2002 and ensure that recovery activities, including the use of the powers, are carried out in accordance with The CDEM Act 2002.
  • Monitor and report on progress and achievement of outcomes.

The Group Recovery Manager role commences during the response phase and ceases upon the completion of the exit strategy.

Local Recovery Manager

The role of the Local Recovery Manager is to:

  • Coordinate recovery activities within the local authority and to manage Local Recovery Offices.

The Local Recovery Manager primarily liaises with:

  • Communities affected by the emergency,
  • The Group and/or National Recovery Managers and
  • Local Sector groups.

Group and Local Recovery Mangers

Recovery Manager

Name

Organisation

 

Group Recovery Manager

Craig Morris

Bay of Plenty CDEM Group

 

Alternative Group Recovery Manager

Garry Maloney

Bay of Plenty CDEM Group

 

Alternative Group Recovery Manager

Stephen Mellor

Bay of Plenty CDEM Group

 

Local Recovery Manager

Blaise Williams

Western Bay of Plenty District Council

 

Local Recovery Manager

Don Shewan

Western Bay of Plenty District Council

 

Local Recovery Manager

Andy Bell

Rotorua Lakes Council

 

Local Recovery Manager

Paula Meredith

Rotorua Lakes Council

 

Local Recovery Manager

Phillip King

Tauranga City Council

 

Local Recovery Manager

Barbara Dempsey

Whakatāne District Council

 

Local Recovery Manager

Julie Gardyne

Whakatāne District Council

 

What is Bay of Plenty Lifelines Group (BOPLG)?

Lifeline utilities are entities that provide infrastructure services to the community such as water, wastewater, transport, energy and telecommunications.

Lifelines utilities have responsibilities for planning and coordinating in a way which enables the continuation of these services in an emergency, with assistance from CDEM Groups, the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM) and other relevant government agencies, regulatory bodies and organisations should a crisis event occur.

The Bay of Plenty Lifelines Group (BOPLG) is a group of public and private utilities working together to contribute to joint initiatives to mitigate our natural hazards and threats, thereby reducing risk to Bay of Plenty infrastructure and communities.

The group exists to support lifeline utilities to meet their legislative requirements, particularly those under the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002.

The BOPLG's mission statement outlines in the Bay of Plenty Group Charter is: "To reduce vulnerability of Bay of Plenty region's Lifeline Utilities to local, regional and national emergency events".

 

Our Purpose

BOPLG supports the coordination of activities to fulfill BOPLG member duties as set out in the CDEM Act 2002.

Section 60 defines duties of lifeline utilities to:

  • Ensure that it is able to function to the fullest possible extent, even though this may be at a reduced level during and emergency.
  • Make available to the Director in writing, on request, its plan for functioning during and after an emergency.
  • Participate in the development of the national civil defence emergency management strategy and civil defence emergency management plans.
  • Provide, free of charge, any technical advice to any CDEM Group or the Director that may be reasonably required by that Group or the Director.
  • Ensure that any information that is disclosed to the lifeline utility is used by the lifeline utility, or disclosed to another person, only for the purposes of the Act.

 

Our Objectives

Through collaboration, the Group's objectives are:

  • Encourage and support the work of members in identifying and mitigating the effects of hazards on lifeline assets and business operations.
  • Facilitate communication between members in order to increase awareness and understanding of each organisation's independencies.
  • Coordinate lifeline utilites input into Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) planning activities.
  • Create and maintain awareness of the role and importance of lifelines within the Bay of Plenty region.
  • Promote ongoing research and technology transfer aimed at protecting and preserving the lifelines of the Bay of Plenty region.
  • Develop best practice approaches to reduction, readiness and recovery measures for emergency events.

Our Members

Introduction

The Caldera Advisory Group (CAG) formed in late 2010 to provide a specific mechanism for national and local authorities, the science community and other stakeholders to share hazard information relating to the eight caldera volcanoes in the Taupo Volcanic Zone. In particular, how caldera unrest (i.e. not eruptive activity) would impact on the social and economic environments and focusing on what measures can be taken to manage these impacts.

The current members of the CAG steering committee are:

  • Bay of Plenty CDEM Group
  • Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management
  • Waikato CDEM Group
  • Taupo District Council
  • Rotorua District Council
  • GNS Science
  • Waikato Regional Council
  • Bay of Plenty Regional Council
  • Earthquake Commission (EQC)

Background

Previous unrest episodes in New Zealand and similar volcanoes overseas have resulted in months to years of earthquake swarms, metres of deformation and self-evacuations. To this end, a Caldera Advisory Group (or CAG) involving a number of key agencies has been established to progress the thinking and planning from a caldera unrest event. The Okataina and Taupo Volcanic Centres are regarded as some of the most active caldera systems in the world, and yet little has been done to prepare for the consequences of an unrest event, or a resulting low frequency but high impact eruption. Caldera unrest consists of earthquakes, ground deformation where gas flux occurs frequently and can pose hazards which need to be adequately managed.

CAG Formation

The impetus behind the CAG formation was twofold: firstly, the science advisory groups based on the Auckland, Central Plateau, and Taranaki volcanoes highlighted the gap in advice available for local government and other agencies dealing with the effects of caldera volcanoes. Secondly, it has been identified that caldera unrest could last for significant periods of time (years to decades) and the effect of this would have a profound impact on the social and economic environments. The initial work of the CAG is to identify the major potential impacts of caldera unrest and to address each of the areas identified. Caldera unrest is also of "national interest" given the likely impacts, multi-CDEM Group involvement and the lengthy duration of any unrest event. The BOP and Waikato CDEM Group Plans rank caldera unrest as the 3rd and 4th highest hazard respectively.