Today we published another update on our progress on the Port Hills Action Plan on our website(external link)(external link).

We’ve built on the progress already made on the plan, and two-thirds of all actions points in the plan have now been completed.

Since the last time we provided an update on the plan in July 2018, progress has been made in a number of areas, including:

  • All five regions have conducted another round of successful regional exercises (including urban and rural personnel) and multi-agency exercises. Awareness of processes and capability development continue to be key focuses.
  • Operational reviews of significant fires during 2018 at Himatangi, Porangahau and Lake Hawea found all incidents had effective, integrated command and control.
  • International wildfire deployments to the United States and Canada were undertaken and included leaders from across the organisation. 

In December last year, it was decided that the Coordinated Incident Management System (CIMS) will remain the multi-agency emergency management system for New Zealand. This decision will enable us to complete the outstanding 15 actions in the Port Hills Action Plan, which were on hold or delayed pending this decision. We will continue to be engaged in the inter-agency work updating CIMS to version three.

We will now identify the most appropriate Incident Command System (ICS) for the work we undertake.

The next update on the Port Hills Action Plan will be due by July 2019 and we will share that with you then.


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