You need to prepare for our most likely emergencies, such as floods, earthquakes, pandemics and tsunamis, power outages and more.
Make your household or business plan before you need it. These sites provide useful information and templates:
Activate your household or business plan.
Listen to your radio and check the Nelson Tasman Civil Defence website regularly for the latest information.
GNS Science and the Tasman District and Nelson City councils have developed a series of tsunami evacuation maps.
There are three evacuation zones shown on the maps:
The Red Cross Hazard App is a free tool to help you and your family prepare and respond to hazards.
The app provides information about:
You will have access to this information even without cell or internet connection.
To install the app onto your device use the links below or search the applicable store for 'Red Cross Hazard'.
Fire and Emergency New Zealand supports Volunteer Rural Fire forces in the Tasman District. These forces respond to local emergencies and issue permits to burn fires in the open.
These forces are located at Appleby, Brightwater, Lake Rotoiti, Ngatimoti, Upper Takaka, Wainui Bay and Motueka.
Permits to burn in the open are required in rural areas throughout the year within the Tasman District. Fire restrictions are in force all year. Permits are generally needed for all outdoor fires except enclosed incinerators and barbecues.
For permit enquires or additional information contact:Principal Rural Fire Officer, Nelson Tasman Fire and Emergency New Zealand, phone 03 544 2441
(for general inquiries about civil defence)
Office hours phone: 03 546 9500
After hours phone: 03 546 0200
Email: Civil Defence Emergency Management
We play an important role in response and recovery during natural disasters. We also support rural firefighters and other emergency services and government agencies if required.
Tasman District Council and Nelson City Council deliver civil defence on a joint basis as the Nelson Tasman Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Group.
The vision of the CDEM Group is to build “A resilient Nelson Tasman community”.
Other council staff are heavily involved in preparing for and responding to civil defence events. For example, the council monitors river flows and rainfall, and has a major role in welfare, logistics, planning, public information and emergency management