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Who we are and what we do

The Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Group is a partnership of local authorities, emergency services and other organisations tasked with ensuring the effective delivery of civil defence emergency management in Hawke’s Bay. We work together towards our vision of: ‘A Resilient Hawke’s Bay Community’. Resilience is how we ‘bounce back’, adapt or keep going as usual following a disaster.

What we do

Our group plan identifies our long term goals and objectives and guides our work over a 5 year period.

Everyone has a role to play in creating a resilient community so we are all Civil Defence. Find out more about the part you can play here.

Who we are

Ian  Macdonald

Ian Macdonald

Group Manager

I’m the full-time Group Manager/Controller for Hawke’s Bay, and was appointed in 2011. I have a background as an officer with the New Zealand Defence Forces and I’m a qualified regional planner. Before taking on the CDEM Managers role, I was an environmental manager at Hastings District Council and also worked as a strategic projects manager on significant projects across the community development, planning and asset management.

Karl Wairama

Karl Wairama

Team Leader - Community Engagement

I’m the team leader for community engagement and enjoy working with my team alongside our community to build resilience plans for emergencies. I have a background in psychology and I’m very interested about the use of indigenous stories to improve our service and engage our community.

Jim Tetlow

Jim Tetlow

Team Leader - Operational Readiness

I’m the Team Leader of Operational Readiness and also the Alternate Group Controller for Hawke’s Bay. I’ve worked in emergency management for the past 15 years. I specialise in planning and training and have been involved in the response to several large events across New Zealand including the Christchurch earthquakes and MV Rena sinking.

Lisa Pearse

Lisa Pearse

Team Leader - Hazard Reduction

I am responsible for Natural Hazard Preparedness. I work with a range of scientists, engineers and other experts to learn more about our hazards and how we can reduce the risks from future events like earthquakes and tsunami. I make use of this information to help our communities plan ahead for natural hazards and know how to better manage them.

Alison Prins

Alison Prins

Group Welfare Manager

I’m the Group Welfare Manager responsible for preparing for and responding to the needs of people and animals in an emergency. My background is in operations management and the social sector. I enjoy working with the many organisations and agencies passionate about improving outcomes for people affected by emergencies.

Jae  Sutherland

Jae Sutherland

Emergency Management Advisor - Community Engagement

I’m one of the Community Engagement team. I have a background in teaching and community psychology. I get out and about all over Hawke’s Bay, working alongside people in the community to help them prepare for emergencies. I also coordinate the Te Hīkoi a Rūaumoko project, supporting the emergency preparedness of our tamariki.

Denal Meihana

Denal Meihana

Emergency Management Advisor - Community Engagement

Kia ora, Ko Moumoukai te maunga, ko Waitirohia te awa, ko Takitimu te waka tipua, Ko Nga Nuhaka te rohe, ko Rakai Paaka te tangata, ko Kahungunu te Iwi. Tena koutou, my name is Denal Meihana, and I am one of the Community Engagement team helping people in the community to prepare for natural hazards. I have 20 years’ experience of working in communities, with a background in Health and Social Services.

Marcus Hayes-Jones

Marcus Hayes-Jones

Emergency Management Advisor - Volunteer Management

I’m responsible for managing and training the unpaid professionals (volunteers) across the region. I am a qualified instructor and will be coordinating the volunteer tactical advisory group. The volunteers are a great group and I train them to meet unit standards, plus develop a whole variety of transferable skills in personal safety, response, recovery etc so they are able to assist our communities.

Edaan Lennan

Edaan Lennan

Emergency Management Advisor - Training and Planning

Kia ora, I am responsible for training staff at all 5 councils in Hawke’s Bay on their roles in an emergencies (many council staff add to the strength of the CDEM team in an emergency by using their professional skills). I’m Heretaunga born and have a Bachelor of Commerce, specialising in business strategy and environmental econometrics, and I’m currently completing a Certificate in Adult Education.

Kate Boersen

Kate Boersen

Project Leader - East Coast LAB

I’m the East Coast LAB project leader. The East Coast LAB project is helping communities and decision-makers understand more about the Hikurangi plate boundary off the East Coast, an area that results in landslides, earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunami. I work along the beautiful east coast from Tairawhiti (Gisborne) to Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui (Wellington) to make it easy and exciting for people to learn more about natural hazards and how they affect us. I am passionate about sharing science with communities.

Natasha Goldring

Natasha Goldring

Project Leader - Hikurangi Response Plans

I’m the Project Leader for the Hikurangi Response Plan. This plan will describe how we would respond if a large earthquake occurs on the Hikurangi subduction zone . I have a background in natural hazards and have just returned from the U.K where I worked in Emergency Management. I’m interested in how we can make our communities more resilient to natural hazards and the science behind why natural hazards occur.

Michelle Beedell

Michelle Beedell

Emergency Management Assistant

My role is the Emergency Management Assistant which has a broad range of functions including as Ian’s PA. I’ve been involved with emergency management for the past 3 years. My interest in this work started when I worked for the Ministry of Health, when I was involved with the emergency management team for the swine flu pandemic and tsunami work in Samoa.

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