Scientists raise alert level for first time after 700 earthquakes detected in New Zealand
A volcano responsible for the biggest eruption to rock earth in the last 70,000 years is just 2,400km away from Australia and 390km away from the New Zealand capital of Wellington. And scientists have just raised its alert level. It…
Ants’ nest causes flooding to a public reserve in New Zealand
Ants nesting in a circuit board resulted in the failure of the Tarawa Creek pump station, on New Zealand’s North Island, on Wednesday. There had already been 44mm of rain in the area in the previous two days when the…
Three dead as storms batter New Zealand
Wild storms lashed New Zealand’s North Island on Monday, 21 March, claiming at least three lives when a fishing vessel sank and causing chaos in the country’s biggest city Auckland, officials said. Police said three bodies were recovered and another…
Australia and New Zealand sending surveillance flights and aid to assess damage from Tonga volcano eruption
The toll from the eruption of a huge undersea volcano in Tonga remains unclear with Australia and New Zealand sending surveillance flights to assess the damage. The eruption of the Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai volcano on Saturday prompted tsunami warnings…
New Zealand police find human remains 11 years after mine disaster
Human remains have been discovered at the site of one of New Zealand's worst mining disasters more than a decade after the explosion that trapped and killed 29 men. The remains of two bodies were identified after specialised cameras were…
Pressure is building along one of the most active fault lines in the world and New Zealand is in a race to be ready
The Alpine Fault runs along the country’s South Island and it has a history of sudden movements. Scientists can read the lakes and old-growth forests in the foothills of the Southern Alps and learn about what’s come before. What they…
Queens Birthday Honour list – Awards for New Zealand and Australia

Asia Pacific Fire magazine and MDM publishing would like to congratulate the following recipients of fire service medals in New Zealand and Australia, awarded in this year’s Queens Birthday Honour list. All of you have made considerable contributions to the…

New Zealand Bridge Washed Away During a Severe Storm

The Waiho bridge over a river in New Zealand’s South Island has been washed away in a severe rainstorm, prompting the authorities to declare a state of emergency. The storm battered the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island, forcing…

Rotorua Senior Station Officer Colin Rolfe retires after 50 years of service

It’s not often that you get to serve your community for 50 years, for Colin Rolfe it has been a pleasure. Colin entered the fire service as a 20-year-old who had seen advertisements for the role in a newspaper, on…

Queens Birthday honours awarded to NZ and Australian firefighters

This Queens birthday saw four New Zealanders and twenty-nine Australian fire service personnel honoured for their service to the community. Of special note is the awarding of Ex-commissioner Greg Mullens with an Officer of the order of Australia, the second…

Memorial wall recognises 505 Australian and New Zealand fire and emergency service personnel

The Hon. Angus Taylor MP, Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber Security formally opened the National Emergency Service Memorial Wall in Canberra on Tuesday 1 May 2018, at the National Memorial Service for fire and emergency service personnel. The new…

Qantas New Zealand staff hospitalised in a gas leak

Twelve people from Qantas’ Auckland offices have been hospitalised following a suspected gas leak. Another 50 people were triaged on Thursday and Victoria Street West’s Augusta House building cordoned off after fire and police were called at around 9:30 am…

Australia and New Zealand Disaster Management Conference 2018

The organisers of this years Australia and New Zealand Disaster Management Conference, 21 – 22 May 2018 are pleased with the progress the event has made since its inception. They are keen that others recognise its value and opportunities and think…

New Zealand is the next country to suffer the aftermath of ex-cyclone Debbie

Weeks after the cyclone hit Australia the remaining low is causing havoc in New Zealand, a town has been evacuated after floodwaters surged through its streets in a “one-in-a-500-year event” in the wake of a weather system that was cyclone…

New Zealand gets a new disaster alerting system

New Zealand is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world with earthquakes, tsunami, wildfire and volcanos a continual threat. Its citizens are always on alert for the next disaster. To keep New Zealanders informed, a new alerting system…

Wildfires Threaten Christchurch

Fires near the center of Christchurch, New Zealand, have burned through homes and spurred the evacuation of more than 1,000 people, according to news reports. The seriousness of the Port Hills fires led officials to declare a state of emergency…

Disaster and Emergency Management Conference – Stands are selling fast

Stands are selling fast for the 2017 Australian & New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference, held 22 – 23 May at Jupiters Gold Coast. If you have a product or service that you would like to promote to 500+…

Storm lashes New Zealand quake zone, more buildings evacuated

By Lincoln Feast CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (Reuters) – Rain and strong winds battered central New Zealand on Thursday, threatening further damage just days after a powerful earthquake killed two people and devastated parts of the country’s South Island with huge…

‘Utter devastation’ after major quake, aftershocks hit New Zealand

By Charlotte Greenfield and Greg Stutchbury WELLINGTON (Reuters) – A powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake pummelled central New Zealand early on Monday, killing at least two people, damaging roads and buildings and setting off hundreds of strong aftershocks. Emergency response teams…

Large New Zealand earthquake causes a laugh

A pre-dawn earthquake on the east coast of New Zealand was the most powerful earthquake in 20 years. The 7.1-magnitude quake’s epicentre was deep in the ocean, northeast of the town of Te Araroa in the Gisborne district of the…

Innovative radio technology keeps New Zealand’s firefighters safe

New solution embeds radio microphone within firefighters’ breathing apparatus Communication across multiple New Zealand public safety agencies made easier Built for the harshest environments with improved noise cancellation and battery life Wellington, New Zealand – 16 August 2016 – Firefighters…

Global ARFF vehicle from Fraser Fire and Rescue

Fraser Fire and Rescue in New Zealand are the leading manufacturer and exporter of fire-engines, equipment and components in the Southern Hemisphere. The Wellington based company manufacture a diverse range of fire and rescue vehicles plus associated components using the…

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