National state of emergency extended again

5:30 pm on 31 March 2011

The Government has extended the national state of emergency imposed after the 22 February earthquake for another week.

Civil Defence Minister John Carter says there is still considerable work to be done in the city, requiring the powers the National Controller of Civil Defence has to ensure the maximum possible coordination and cooperation between central and local resources.

He says the state of national emergency will not be lifted until he is satisfied the situation has stabilised sufficiently for it not to be required.

Under the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act a state of national emergency can be declared for a maximum of seven days at a time before being formally extended.