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Civil-defence emergencies, 1970–2009

Civil-defence emergencies, 1970–2009

This table shows the number of civil-defence emergencies for each decade from 1970, grouped according to type of event. Floods are the most common type of event leading to an emergency in New Zealand. However, other types of natural hazard, though less frequent, can be even more devastating. The 2010 and 2011 Canterbury and 2016 Kaikōura earthquakes are prime examples.

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Source: Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Civil defence - Evolution of organised civil defence', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 November 2021)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 May 2020