There are a number of different hazards in New Zealand. Find out about other hazards, and who is responsible for managing these hazard related emergencies.
Various agencies work together to manage emergencies and keep people safe. The agency leading the response will depend on the type of hazard or emergency.
For emergencies that cannot be dealt with solely by an emergency service or needs co-ordination across services, a state of local or national emergency may be declared.
A pandemic is an epidemic that becomes very widespread and affects a whole region, a continent or the world, causing a large-scale health emergency.
Information about pandemics is available on the Ministry of Health website.
A pandemic is an epidemic that becomes very widespread and affects a whole region, a continent or the world. Information about pandemics is available on the Ministry of Health website.
Find the latest information about the fight against COVID-19, including how to keep yourself safe.
Fires can be sparked by human activity, such as camp fires escaping, fireworks, rubbish fires and bonfires or rural burn-offs getting out of control. Car accidents, arcing or fallen power lines are also common causes of fires, along with sparks from lawnmowers, or carelessly discarded cigarette butts. Lightening strikes also cause fires.
Fire and Emergency New Zealand is responsible for fire prevention, response and suppression services.
Information about fire safety is available on the Fire and Emergency New Zealand website.
A drought is caused by a lack of water in an area and can affect water usage and increase fire risk. The Ministry of Primary Industries is responsible for classifying droughts and has information for dealing with drought conditions.
If your region is experiencing a drought you can contact your local council for more information.
Find information and resources on dealing with droughts and how the Ministry for Primary Industries assesses the severity of dry conditions.
New Zealand is a relatively safe travel destination but we are not crime free. It is important you take precautions to look after yourself.
New Zealand Police assist in various emergency management and national security situations. They help maintain public safety, and are responsible for law enforcement and crime prevention.
Information on criminal acts and terrorism is available on the New Zealand Police website.
New Zealand Police has information on how to recognise and report suspicious behaviour and what to do in the unlikely event of getting caught up in a terrorist attack or similar incident.