CDEM Cadet Unit

Civil Defence Emergency Management Cadet Unit will provide young people in our District with an exciting opportunity to gain valuable skills, earn NZQA credits and get involved in the community in a fun and engaging way.

About Us

Waimakariri's Civil Defence Emergency Management Cadet Unit is the first of it's kind in the country, running alongside other youth and cadet programmes in our district such as Air Training Corps, St Johns cadets and more.

The newly established programme for young people 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.

During the term of the programme, CDEM Cadets will learn foundation emergency services skills, earn NZQA credits for Civil Defence and emergency service related training, and get involved with volunteering opportunities in their local community. They will get a taste of how rewarding a future career in emergency services and volunteering can be.

2020 Programme

The 2020 programme will commmence in February. Cadets will train weekly on a Tuesday night from 6pm - 8pm and also have the opportunity to attend weekend camps throughout the year.


  • Visits to local Fire Brigades, Airport Fire, Customs (TBC)
  • Learn about Civil Defence including some aspects of rescue, welfare, incident management and some other emergency services
  • Learn how to use radios
  • Navigation
  • Leadership
  • Gain NZQA qualifications

For the 2020 programme, there will be 10 spaces available.

After submitting an application, prospective cadets will be contacted and interviewed as part of the process. As numbers are limited for our initial intake, anyone who misses out will be added to a wait-list with potential to join the Unit during the year if anyone leaves the programme.

Apply to become a cadet

Applications are now open!

Applications for the CDEM Cadets are now open! Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to be a part of a fun and exciting programme.
Spaces are limited so get your applications in now!

How to apply:

Badge Competition

A new programme needs a new badge. We're after some creative kids aged between 12-17 years to enter the cadet badge design competition.

Entry details and prize information can be found on our competition page.