Get Involved

Find out how you can help Waimakariri Civil Defence by becoming a volunteer.

Civil Defence Emergency Management Volunteers

Within the Waimakariri District we have many dedicated and skilled volunteers who train on a regular basis to respond to an emergency. To register your interest in volunteering click here.

Teams vary in size, age, shape and skill, but all have a part to play in helping the community. They include:


NZRT-12 is our Waimakariri-based response team. This team trains weekly, and is highly specialised, with a variety of search and rescue skills in fields such as Welfare, Communications, Flood Response and Swift Water Response. Further information on the NZRT-12 can be found on the Civil Defence website or the NZRT-12 team's Facebook page.

Welfare Team

There is one welfare team based in the Waimakariri District. The welfare team trains once a month to ensure a welfare centre can be established during an emergency to receive people from the community needing assistance of some kind. Welfare centres register people needing assistance, and can provide help with accommodation, clothing, food (catering), pets, information and other kinds of support.

Sector Post Teams

The Waimakariri District has five sector post teams that can respond during an emergency, and establish a sector post emergency centre anywhere in the district. The teams are based in the north, east, south and west of the district and in Rangiora, and generally meet once a month to train.

Volunteers on the Day (VOD)

Volunteers on the day (VOD) are people who turn up when a disaster happens and offer to help. VOD are largely used for tasks that don’t require training (such as other volunteer roles within the Civil Defence structure). During the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes, VOD assisted with tasks such as silt removal from private properties and delivering information brochures to residents.


There are many ways businesses can be involved with responding to an emergency. During past emergencies businesses have offered their skill, expertise and resources to help their community. If you are a business owner and wish to register your potential assistance for the future, contact Waimakariri Civil Defence on 03 311 8900.

Cadet Unit

The newly established Civil Defence Cadet Unit for youth aged 12-17 provides training in Civil Defence and Emergency Management (CDEM) and skills from partner emergency service agencies. It is a joint venture between Waiamkariri's Civil Defence Emergency Management and Youth Development teams.

Do you know someone who would make a great cadet? While applications for our 2020 programme have closed, you can keep an eye out on the latest news and details of the next intake on our CDEM Cadet page or on Facebook.

Document Templates for our Volunteer Teams

Other ways to get involved

Visit the Get Ready website operated by the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management.