19 Nov 2013

Civil Defence moving to PM's Dept

12:35 pm on 19 November 2013

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye says a reorganisation of Civil Defence will result in better planning for large scale events.

The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management is to be shifted from its current place within the Department of Internal Affairs, to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Ms Kaye said the ministry's staff of 37 will all be transferred, and there will be no job losses.

She said the Prime Minister's Department has links to a range of other Government agencies, and the move will strengthen the ability of Civil Defence to plan for and respond to major disasters.

The move will take place in stages, beginning in April next year.