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Civil defence

The Tauranga City Council is a member of the Bay of Plenty Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Group. The Bay of Plenty CDEM Group is a partnership of local authorities, emergency services, lifeline utilities and other organisations that work together to :

  • reduce the potential effects of hazards;
  • promote community and council readiness (preparedness) to respond to emergencies; and 
  • help the community to recover after an event

Tauranga City Council is responsible for helping Tauranga prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies.


Our city and region are subject to a number of natural events that may produce natural hazards that can adversely affect human life, property or other aspects of our environment. Check out the BayHazards, Bay of Plenty Natural Hazards viewer; an interactive map viewer for information on natural hazards across the Bay of Plenty.

What happens in an emergency?

If an emergency occurs in Tauranga or the wider western Bay of Plenty area, a specially trained team of staff is activated from Tauranga City Council and Western Bay of Plenty District Council and partner organisations to coordinate local response activities from the Council’s dedicated Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) at the Western Bay of Plenty District Council office, 1484 Cameron Road, Tauranga.

For larger emergencies affecting multiple council areas, the Bay of Plenty Regional Council will coordinate activities across the active EOCs.

Emergency updates

In an emergency, you will be able to see the latest updates on the situation on this website and www.bopcivildefence.govt.nz/.

You can also gain useful emergency information through the following links:

  • Bay of Plenty CDEM Group Facebook
  • Bay of Plenty CDEM group Twitter
  • National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) website and Facebook and Twitter
  • MetService website and Facebook for weather outlooks, watches and warnings
  • NZTA website and Facebook for traffic and travel information
  • Bay of Plenty Regional Council Live Monitoring for rivers, lakes, tidal, rainfall, meteorological and air quality throughout the Bay of Plenty
  • GeoNet for geological hazard information
  • Tauranga/ Western Bay Radio Stations:
    • National Radio 101.0 FM & 819 AM
    • Newstalk ZB 90.2FM & 1008 AM
    • The Hits 95 FM
    • Breeze 95.8 FM
    • More FM 93.4 FM
    • Radio Live 100.6FM

For electrical and telecommunications disruption updates, you will need to get in touch with your supplier.

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