More support and progress in storm recovery

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Nikki Kaye | Civil Defence

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye says dedicated recovery managers are on the ground to coordinate the recovery led by local authorities, in areas affected by the recent severe storm.
“Regional recovery managers appointed by Civil Defence Emergency Management Groups are working with local recovery managers from district councils, to help ensure that resources and support are coordinated and delivered effectively,” says Ms Kaye.

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Progress on recovery from severe storm

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Nikki Kaye | Civil Defence

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye says the recovery led by local authorities is well under way in regions affected by the severe storm that crossed New Zealand between 18 and 20 June.
‘Regions hardest hit by the storm, which caused significant damage and flooding, were Taranaki, Whanganui, Rangitikei and Westland,” says Ms Kaye.
“Within these regions some areas were affected more than others, so the speed of recovery will differ for each area.

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Government support for communities affected by storm

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Nikki Kaye | Civil Defence

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye says the government will contribute significant support to areas affected by the severe storm over the past five days.
“In situations like this, the government has a range of funding and resource mechanisms to support response and recovery,” says Ms Kaye.
“We expect the support through these mechanisms to total some millions of dollars in the days ahead.
“This storm resulted in three states of local emergency being declared, in Taranaki, Whanganui and Rangitikei.

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Taranaki, Wanganui, Rangitikei update

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Nikki Kaye | Civil Defence

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye says states of local emergency were declared in Taranaki, Wanganui and Rangitikei yesterday to enable people to be evacuated to safety.
“The flooding in areas such as Waitotara and Wanganui has been very severe.
“In situations like this, it’s important that local Civil Defence Emergency Management teams can take actions necessary to help evacuate people and save lives.

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Wanganui state of local emergency declared

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Nikki Kaye | Civil Defence

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye acknowledges Wanganui District Council declaring a state of local emergency this afternoon before flooding threatens homes.
“I have spoken with Mayor Annette Main and offered support if needed,” says Ms Kaye.
“The Mayor declared a state of local emergency to enable about 100 people living near the Whanganui River to be evacuated.
“I have been told the river is expected to flood nearby houses, and it was important for people’s safety that they evacuate as soon as possible.

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Good news for Waiheke Super Gold Card users

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Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye says the outcome of the government’s review of the SuperGold Card scheme, announced by Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss, is good news for cardholders who use Waiheke Island ferry services.

“The review has confirmed that entitlement for Waiheke Island ferry services should continue, with increased funding to account for inflation,” says Ms Kaye.

“It was also announced that the moratorium on new services entering the scheme will be lifted from 1 September, and a tender will be set up for the Waiheke Island (Matiatia Wharf) service.

“I presented a petition to Parliament which asked the Government to give the Explore Group ferry service to Waiheke access to the SuperGold Card subsidy.

“The government has listened and as a result, Explore Group Limited will get a more even playing field.

“I intend to work with local ferry operators, Auckland Transport and the public to confirm the exact process for tendering.

“In the meantime, the key thing is that SuperGold Card holders can be confident they’ll continue to have access to the scheme in a fairer way, now and into the future.

 

Emergency app another step towards better public alerting

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Nikki Kaye | Civil Defence

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye says the emergency response smartphone app announced today by Communications Minister Amy Adams could potentially save lives in many types of emergencies.
“I worked alongside Minister Adams to identify opportunities for civil defence uses for the app, and the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management has been involved in building the business case for it.
“The app will be designed so that as well as its emergency caller location function, it will also be able to send alerts to users about threats in their area.

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Government contributes $100k to Dunedin Mayoral Relief Fund

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Nikki Kaye | Civil Defence

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye announced today that the government will contribute $100,000 to the Mayoral Relief Fund to support people affected by the recent Dunedin flooding.
“In 24 hours from 3 June, Dunedin received a record 177mm of rain, which caused flooding in South Dunedin and surrounding areas, as well as landslides,” says Ms Kaye.
“This fund has been set up by the Dunedin City Council, which has contributed $150,000. The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management has worked with the Council to contribute to the fund.

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NZ Symposium on Disaster Risk Reduction opening address

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Nikki Kaye | Civil Defence

Introduction
Good morning. I would like to thank Mayor Celia Wade-Brown and Mayor Lianne Dalziel for being here today, as well as other representatives from local government.
I would also like to acknowledge Sarah Stuart-Black, the Director of the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management, and all of the MCDEM staff who are here today.
Thank you for the huge amount of work that you have been doing.
It’s a pleasure to be here at the first-ever New Zealand Symposium on Disaster Risk Reduction.

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New Civil Defence recovery law

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Nikki Kaye | Civil Defence

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye today announced that Cabinet has approved changes to the Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Act that will improve the way communities recover from emergencies.
Ms Kaye made the announcement this morning at the New Zealand Symposium on Disaster Risk Reduction.
“During an emergency, the right laws need to be in place to enable those involved to carry out vital tasks, such as closing roads and public places, entering buildings to do assessments, and removing or securing dangerous structures and materials.

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