Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002

4 Interpretation
  • In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,—

    administering authority means, in relation to a Civil Defence Emergency Management Group, the administering authority appointed under section 23

    area, in relation to a Civil Defence Emergency Management Group, means the area that encompasses all the districts of the local authorities that are members of the Group

    civil defence emergency management

    • (a) means the application of knowledge, measures, and practices that—

      • (i) are necessary or desirable for the safety of the public or property; and

      • (ii) are designed to guard against, prevent, reduce, or overcome any hazard or harm or loss that may be associated with any emergency; and

    • (b) includes, without limitation, the planning, organisation, co-ordination, and implementation of those measures, knowledge, and practices

    Civil Defence Emergency Management Co-ordinating Executive Group or Executive Group means a Group established under section 20

    Civil Defence Emergency Management Group or Group means a Group established under section 12 or established or re-established under section 22

    civil defence emergency management group plan means a plan prepared and approved under section 48

    civil defence emergency management plan means a national civil defence emergency management plan or a civil defence emergency management group plan

    Controller means the person who is the National Controller in accordance with section 10, or a Group Controller appointed under section 26

    department means a department of the public service listed in Schedule 1 of the State Sector Act 1988

    Director means the Director of Civil Defence Emergency Management appointed under section 8

    district means the district of a local authority; and includes a region

    emergency means a situation that—

    • (a) is the result of any happening, whether natural or otherwise, including, without limitation, any explosion, earthquake, eruption, tsunami, land movement, flood, storm, tornado, cyclone, serious fire, leakage or spillage of any dangerous gas or substance, technological failure, infestation, plague, epidemic, failure of or disruption to an emergency service or a lifeline utility, or actual or imminent attack or warlike act; and

    • (b) causes or may cause loss of life or injury or illness or distress or in any way endangers the safety of the public or property in New Zealand or any part of New Zealand; and

    • (c) cannot be dealt with by emergency services, or otherwise requires a significant and co-ordinated response under this Act

    emergency services means the New Zealand Police, New Zealand Fire Service, National Rural Fire Authority, rural fire authorities, and hospital and health services

    Group Controller means a person appointed as a Group Controller under section 26

    hazard means something that may cause, or contribute substantially to the cause of, an emergency

    hospital and health service has the same meaning as in section 2 of the Health and Disability Services Act 1993

    lifeline utility means an entity named or described in Part A of Schedule 1, or that carries on a business described in Part B of Schedule 1

    local authority means a local authority within the meaning of the Local Government Act 2002

    member means a local authority that is a member of a Civil Defence Emergency Management Group

    Minister means, subject to any enactment, the Minister of the Crown who, with the authority of the Prime Minister, is for the time being responsible for the administration of this Act

    national civil defence emergency management plan means a plan made under section 39

    national civil defence emergency management strategy means a strategy completed under section 31

    National Controller means the person who is the National Controller in accordance with section 10

    national significance includes, without limitation, any case where the Minister or the Director considers that—

    • (a) there is widespread public concern or interest; or

    • (b) there is likely to be significant use of resources; or

    • (c) it is likely that the area of more than 1 Civil Defence Emergency Management Group will be affected; or

    • (d) it affects or is likely to affect or is relevant to New Zealand's international obligations; or

    • (e) it involves or is likely to involve technology, processes, or methods that are new to New Zealand; or

    • (f) it results or is likely to result in or contribute to significant or irreversible changes to the environment (including the global environment)

    public place means a place that, at any material time, is—

    • (a) open to or is being used by the public, whether free or on payment of a charge, and whether or not any owner or occupier of the place is lawfully entitled to exclude or reject any person; and

    • (b) includes, without limitation, any aircraft, hovercraft, ship or ferry or other vessel, train, or vehicle carrying or available to carry passengers for reward

    recovery activities means activities carried out under this Act or any civil defence emergency management plan after an emergency occurs, including, without limitation,—

    • (a) the assessment of the needs of a community affected by the emergency; and

    • (b) the co-ordination of resources made available to the community; and

    • (c) actions relating to community rehabilitation and restoration; and

    • (d) new measures to reduce hazards and risks

    Recovery Co-ordinator means a Recovery Co-ordinator appointed under section 29

    region means a region within the meaning of the Local Government Act 2002

    regional council means a regional council within the meaning of the Local Government Act 2002

    representative means an elected member of a local authority, including an elected member of a community board

    responsible department means the department that is, with the authority of the Prime Minister, for the time being responsible for the administration of this Act

    risk means the likelihood and consequences of a hazard

    road has the same meaning as in section 2(1) of the Land Transport Act 1998

    state of emergency means a state of national emergency or a state of local emergency

    state of local emergency means a state of local emergency declared under section 68 or section 69

    state of national emergency means a state of national emergency declared under section 66

    State services has the same meaning as in section 2 of the State Sector Act 1988

    territorial authority means a territorial authority within the meaning of the Local Government Act 2002

    unitary authority means a unitary authority within the meaning of the Local Government Act 2002

    working day means any day of the week other than—

    • (a) Saturday, Sunday, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Anzac Day, Labour Day, the Sovereign's birthday, and Waitangi Day; and

    • (ab) if Waitangi Day or Anzac Day falls on a Saturday or a Sunday, the following Monday; and

    • (b) a day in the period beginning on 25 December in any year and ending with 15 January in the following year.

    Section 4 district: substituted, on 1 July 2003, by section 262 of the Local Government Act 2002 (2002 No 84).

    Section 4 local authority: substituted, on 1 July 2003, by section 262 of the Local Government Act 2002 (2002 No 84).

    Section 4 region: substituted, on 1 July 2003, by section 262 of the Local Government Act 2002 (2002 No 84).

    Section 4 regional council: substituted, on 1 July 2003, by section 262 of the Local Government Act 2002 (2002 No 84).

    Section 4 territorial authority: substituted, on 1 July 2003, by section 262 of the Local Government Act 2002 (2002 No 84).

    Section 4 unitary authority: substituted, on 1 July 2003, by section 262 of the Local Government Act 2002 (2002 No 84).

    Section 4 working day paragraph (ab): inserted, on 1 January 2014, by section 8 of the Holidays (Full Recognition of Waitangi Day and ANZAC Day) Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 19).