He’s got a few tips for Wellingtonians, whether you’re joining the traffic jams on the Kāpiti Coast next week, or whether you’re staying in town to enjoy our own unique summer weather.
What’s a Civil Defence Controller?
I’m the guy who’s got the job of running things if there’s any sort of big emergency in the city. Under the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act I’ve got some significant powers that I can use to get the community and the city up and running and safe after something like a big earthquake or a storm or other emergency.
Fingers crossed I’ve never had to use those powers and I hope I won’t have to in the future – but you’ve got to be prepared! The best response is to not get into trouble in the first place – so I have an ongoing interest in the resilience of the city and its infrastructure – including the District Plan, our community, roads, retaining walls, pipes and drains, bridges and the like. I work with a lot of other people and agencies in the interests of keeping these assets up and running.
Are you on holiday till February? Or are you holding the fort?
I’m on call until late January so I won’t be leaving the region – as the City Controller I’ve got to be around in case anything untoward happens. My job will be to lead the Council’s response and to liaise with the regional Civil Defence organisation and, if necessary, with the National Emergency Management Agency and other response organisations.