State of national emergency extended again

7:48 pm on 19 March 2011

The state of national emergency has been extended by another week, as earthquake recovery work continues in Christchurch.

The Government expects the emergency to be in place for several more weeks, but under the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act of 2002 it can be extended only seven days at a time.

The current state of national emergency was declared on 23 February and extended on 1 March, 7 March and 13 March before the latest extension.

Civil Defence Minister John Carter says the extension keeps the National Controller of Civil Defence in charge of the recovery operation.