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Hawke’s Bay phone line set up for those most in need

Hawke’s Bay phone line set up for those most in need

Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group’s new regional telephone number 0800 HBAYCD (0800 422 923) is now live for people to call if ...

31 March 2020

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Support lockdown to save lives

Support lockdown to save lives

Feeling uncertain and not knowing exactly what to do is completely normal during lockdown, says Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence and Emergency Management G...

28 March 2020

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Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group uses extraordinary powers

Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group uses extraordinary powers

The Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group now has extraordinary powers to coordinate the delivery of a swift and effective response a...

26 March 2020

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Local HB leaders respond to State of Emergency declaration

Local HB leaders respond to State of Emergency declaration

Hawke’s Bay leaders have responded supportively to today’s national state of emergency declaration by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

25 March 2020

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Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group planning for COVID-19

Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group planning for COVID-19

Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group is ready to support the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board in case COVID-19 reaches our region...

18 March 2020

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Hawke’s Bay Rural Advisory Group keeping an eye on the dry

Hawke’s Bay Rural Advisory Group keeping an eye on the dry

The Hawke’s Bay Rural Advisory Group is keeping a watchful eye on the region’s current dry conditions and reminding farming communities what to do...

6 March 2020

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Hawke’s Bay residents urged to practise ‘tsunami hīkoi’ emergency evacuation walks

Hawke’s Bay residents urged to practise ‘tsunami hīkoi’ emergency evacuation walks

Hawke’s Bay residents are being urged to use the ninth anniversary of the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami to practise their evacuation routes, so ...

3 March 2020

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Fire near Tikokino closes State Highway 50

Fire near Tikokino closes State Highway 50

Fire and Emergency New Zealand has closed State Highway 50 just north of Tikokino as they fight a 20-hectare fire burning in the area.

5 February 2020

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Update on fire near Tikokino

Update on fire near Tikokino

Fire and Emergency New Zealand continues to work on containing a fire just north of Tikokino.

5 February 2020

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Tikokino fire update three, 1.50pm

Tikokino fire update three, 1.50pm

Fire and Emergency New Zealand is continuing to fight the fire at Tikokino in Hawke's Bay, with 30 firefighters on the ground plus five helicopter cre...

5 February 2020

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Afternoon tea for 1931 earthquake survivors

Afternoon tea for 1931 earthquake survivors

The annual afternoon tea for survivors of the 1931 Hawke’s Bay earthquake will be held on Sunday, 2 February, marking the 89th anniversary of one of...

2 February 2020

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Earthquake survivors mark 89th anniversary

Earthquake survivors mark 89th anniversary

Survivors of the 1931 Hawke’s Bay earthquake today shared their experiences and stories over a cup of tea and scones at a commemoration hosted at Na...

2 February 2020

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Tangoio fire update 1

Tangoio fire update 1

Fire and Emergency New Zealand continues to work on containing a fire Tangoio Settlement Road. Crews have been working on the fire since about midd...

7 January 2020

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Tangoio fire update 2

Tangoio fire update 2

Fire and Emergency is making good progress on the Tangoio fire, with a decision on reducing the number of helicopters likely to made this afternoon. ...

7 January 2020

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Tangoio fire update 3

Tangoio fire update 3

Fire crews will take a well-earned rest from the Tangoio fire site from about 6pm, with a fresh crew monitoring the situation overnight.

7 January 2020

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Nationwide Emergency Mobile Alert test this Sunday

Nationwide Emergency Mobile Alert test this Sunday

This Sunday, 24 November, more than half of New Zealand’s cell phones are expected to let off a loud, penetrating noise, marking the third annual na...

20 November 2019

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Earthquake exercise continues this weekend

Earthquake exercise continues this weekend

Volunteers from across Hawke’s Bay will be testing how they’d respond to a large-scale earthquake this weekend as part of Hawke’s Bay Civil Defe...

22 October 2019

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Regional emergency exercise starts this week

Regional emergency exercise starts this week

How would Hawke’s Bay fare in an emergency? Organisations across the region are getting ready to take part in Exercise Rūaumoko, which will tes...

17 October 2019

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Hawke’s Bay people urged to sign up for ShakeOut

Hawke’s Bay people urged to sign up for ShakeOut

With a week to go until New Zealand’s national ShakeOut earthquake drill, everyone in Hawke’s Bay is being urged to sign up now.

10 October 2019

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New Emergency Co-ordination Centre opens in Hastings

New Emergency Co-ordination Centre opens in Hastings

After about a year in construction, the region’s new purpose-built Emergency Co-ordination Centre located beside the Hastings District Council civic...

6 September 2019

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Centralised hazard map portal for Hawke’s Bay

Centralised hazard map portal for Hawke’s Bay

It’s now even easier to find out more about the natural hazards where you live and work, with the latest version of the Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence ...

2 July 2019

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Tsunami evacuation drill surprises Marewa trio

Tsunami evacuation drill surprises Marewa trio

“You either get up that hill or you don’t, and that’s up to you.” Napier resident Pip Mackay was one of a trio of flatmates who took on the...

7 June 2019

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Get emergency ready for Neighbours Day Aotearoa

Get emergency ready for Neighbours Day Aotearoa

Get to know your neighbours for this year’s Neighbours Day Aotearoa and make yourself more resilient to emergencies. Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence ...

21 March 2019

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Civil Defence demonstration this weekend

Civil Defence demonstration this weekend

Think you’ve got what it takes to be a Civil Defence volunteer? See the Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group volunteers in acti...

13 March 2019

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Ministry funding to boost Hawke’s Bay’s resilience

Ministry funding to boost Hawke’s Bay’s resilience

Hawke’s Bay’s resilience and planning for natural hazards was given a boost today thanks to $420,000 in Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Mana...

28 February 2019

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Earthquake anniversary reminder to be prepared

Earthquake anniversary reminder to be prepared

“We can’t predict when disaster will strike, but we can be prepared.” That’s the message from Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Manage...

5 February 2019

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Earthquake survivors mark 88th anniversary

Earthquake survivors mark 88th anniversary

Survivors of the 1931 Hawke’s Bay earthquake today shared memories over a cup of tea and scones at a community event hosted at Napier Boys’ High S...

3 February 2019

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Preparing for emergencies always a class act

Preparing for emergencies always a class act

With thousands of students marching back to school in the next few weeks, Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group is reminding parents ...

22 January 2019

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Afternoon tea for 1931 earthquake survivors

Afternoon tea for 1931 earthquake survivors

The annual afternoon tea for survivors of the 1931 Hawke’s Bay earthquake will be held on Sunday, 3 February, marking the 88th anniversary of one of...

21 January 2019

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More kiwis getting emergency message

More kiwis getting emergency message

Almost twice as many people received the test Civil Defence emergency alert to their mobile phone at its last test – meaning more New Zealanders tha...

7 January 2019

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Nationwide test alert this Sunday

Nationwide test alert this Sunday

The Emergency Mobile Alert system is undergoing a nationwide live test on Sunday between 6pm and 7pm.

23 November 2018

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Looking after yourself and your home following the earthquake - 30/10/2018

Looking after yourself and your home following the earthquake - 30/10/2018

Our thoughts are with all New Zealanders following the 6.2 magnitude earthquake today. Our first priority is your safety and the safety of your family...

30 October 2018

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Hawke’s Bay people urged to sign up for ShakeOut

Hawke’s Bay people urged to sign up for ShakeOut

With a week to go until New Zealand’s national ShakeOut earthquake drill, every business and family in Hawke’s Bay is being urged to sign up now.

10 October 2018

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Welcome to Hawke's Bay Civil Defence and Emergency Management

Welcome to Hawke's Bay Civil Defence and Emergency Management

Welcome to the re-launch of our website. We have been making a few changes to our small part of the interweb.

12 September 2018

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South East Asian delegates visit bay

South East Asian delegates visit bay

For the second year in a row we partnered with EIT and presented to Civil Defence representatives from South East Asia.

11 September 2018

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HBCDEM Group supporting Wairoa and Hastings Districts' responses

HBCDEM Group supporting Wairoa and Hastings Districts' responses

Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management (HBCDEM) is keeping an eye on Wairoa as it manages the fallout from this week’s watery deluge.

10 September 2018

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