National Public Health Service (NPHS) - Wellington Region is one of the greater Wellington region's response agencies.

We have a regional role in emergency planning and response for infectious disease outbreaks, environmental hazards and pandemics.

Many emergencies have a public health component – whether they are natural disasters, man-made disasters or infectious diseases. NPHS - Wellington Region works with Health New Zealand - Te Whatu Ora, Civil Defence, border agencies and others to develop plans and procedures, and respond to an emergency.

Some emergencies that requires a public health response include:

  • Natural disasters (e.g. earthquakes, tsunamis, flooding)
  • Pandemics like COVID-19 or influenza
  • Infectious disease outbreaks (cryptosporidium, norovirus)
  • Hazardous substance and chemical spills incidents

During an emergency, NPHS - Wellington Region staff undertake public health actions including controlling outbreaks, border health activities and advising the public how to stay safe and well.

Are you prepared?

Getting ready before a disaster strikes will help reduce damage to your home and business and help you survive.

Preparing for an emergency

School resources

  • What’s the plan Stan? is a resource to support schools, teachers, students, and parents to develop the knowledge and skills to prepare for emergency events.
  • Emergency planning for schools - the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office actively engages with the schools in our region to ensure their plans are appropriate and are regularly practiced.

Early childhood centre resources

Community resources

  • Community Response Plans are a community-driven response plan which sets out a plan for how they will respond to an emergency.

During or after an emergency

Drinking water

Useful websites

Last updated 28 May 2024.