Lifeline utilities are entities that provide infrastructure services to the community such as water, wastewater, transport, energy and telecommunications.
Lifeline 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 National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), other relevant government agencies, regulatory bodies, and organisations should a crisis event occur.
The Bay of Plenty Lifeline Utilities 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 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".
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:
Through collaboration, the Group's objectives are: