Kiwis look to expand emergency recovery budget

Published 15 November 2006

Auckland region asks for a 175 percent budget increase; expenditutes may include an new emergency information management system, a review of early warning systems, and a group operations center

New Zealand may sound like a bucolic land of sheep-herders and itinerant surf bums, but the rain needed to grow grazing land and swell the oceans can quickly turn into a tsunami. Following a recent report that cited underplanning and underfinancing of the region’s emergency response systems, the Auckland Regional Civil Defence Emergency Management Group has asked for a 175 percent increase in the civil defence budget to a total expenditure of $1.8 million. Recommended improvements include staff increases, a review of warning systems, a dedicated group emergency operations center, enhanced programs for professional development and training, and improved emergency information management systems.

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