Disaster Recovery Forum

You are invited to join us in Wellington for a conversation about the recent changes to recovery management.

Many North Island communities have had a disastrous start to 2023, and communities are facing long and difficult recoveries.

Our forum panellists, who have key roles in recovery, will share their insights on how the Auckland floods and Cyclones Hale and Gabrielle have changed their agency’s /organisation’s roles and responsibilities in managing recovery.


  • What does this mean for communities regarding how recovery will be managed in the future?
  • Have these events changed our approach to managing recovery for communities?
  • Will future events be managed differently?
  • Are more changes to managing recovery anticipated?


Katrina Casey, Chief Executive Cyclone Recovery, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet - Te Tari o te Pirimia me te Komiti Matua
Katrina leads the new all-of-government Cyclone Recovery Unit to coordinate central government’s input and support to the recovery.

Doug Tate, Chief Executive - Kaiwhakahaere Matua, Central Hawke's Bay District Council
Doug is the Chair of the CDEM Coordinating Executive Group (CEG) Hawke’s Bay, and a member of the CDEM Group Joint Committee, Hawke’s Bay. Doug, as  CEG Chair, has supported the Group function during Cyclone Gabrielle and was a primary leader in developing the Hawke’s Bay Recovery Framework to drive the recovery in this area.

Julian Reweti, Group Recovery Manager for Emergency Management Bay of Plenty (EMBOP)
Julian has been deployed to provide recovery support to Auckland, Tairawhiti, Wairoa, Marlborough, Bay of Plenty and others in the wake of Cyclone Gabrielle and other weather events.

Jenna Rogers, Deputy Chief Executive, Strategic Enablement, National Emergency Management Agency Te Rākau Whakamarumaru

Moderator: Sally McKay. Disaster Recovery Specialist
Sally has recently returned from managing recovery operations in Tonga. She has previously managed a diverse range of recovery operations across the Asia Pacific, Australia and New Zealand.


9 August 2023
1745 - 1915
Philosophy House
33 Aro Street

This will be an in-person-only event held in Wellington, with an opportunity to network with current participants, prior graduates and panellists. Drinks and nibbles will be provided.

Registration is essential.

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