Regional emergencies

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Wellington Region Emergency Management Office in Thorndon.

Wellington Region Emergency Management Office


Regional emergencies are handled by the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office (WREMO). If a major event occurs, the Emergency Operations Centre at WREMO will be activated.

Emergency updates

In an emergency, you will be able to see the latest updates on the situation on

See handy links below to WREMO's Twitter and Facebook pages, how to prepare for an emergency, and where your nearest Community Emergency Hub is located. 

If you live in Wellington, you can also see information that is specific to your suburb on the Earthquake Recovery Map


WREMO was formed on 2 July 2012 to coordinate Civil Defence and Emergency Management services on behalf of the nine councils in the Wellington region.

WREMO is mainly based in the earthquake-resistant WREMO building in Thorndon, and the Hutt City Council's emergency offices. The Porirua, Kapiti and Masterton offices are continuing to operate as satellite offices of WREMO.

WREMO building

The WREMO building is on the corner of Murphy and Turnbull streets in Thorndon.

It was purpose-built in 1995 with its own water, electricity, communications and sewerage facilities. This means that WREMO's communications and essential services can keep operating during a major emergency that affects the city's utilities.

In 2011, we made some internal improvements to the building to increase the building's day-to-day capacity and its ability to respond to a major emergency event.

Research hub to boost community resilience

In March 2014, WREMO partnered with the Joint Centre for Disaster Research to launch Wellington’s new International Centre of Excellence in Community Resilience. The centre will:

  • gather evidence to help inform WREMO’s Community Resilience Strategy
  • create networks that share international good practice in community resilience
  • promote the Wellington region as a living laboratory for research and learning.

More information

Wellington Region Emergency Management Office

Address 2 Turnbull Street, Thorndon
Phone 04 460 0650
Website WREMO