Lifelines are the essential infrastructure and services that support our community – utility services such as water, wastewater and stormwater, electricity, gas, telecommunications and transportation networks including road, rail, airports and ports.
New Zealand Lifelines Council
The New Zealand Lifelines Council (NZLC) supports regional group activity and provides a link to government agencies.
Two major activities include:
- The National Lifeline Utilities Forum held in October or November each year
- The National Infrastructure Vulnerability Assessment, further information below
National Infrastructure Vulnerability Assessment 2023
This report provides a comprehensive overview of New Zealand’s critical lifelines infrastructure and its resilience (and conversely its vulnerability) to major hazards.
Regional Lifelines Groups
In New Zealand, regional Lifelines Groups coordinate activities aimed at reducing infrastructure vulnerabilities to regional scale emergencies.
Lifelines Groups include representatives from lifeline utilities, emergency management, scientists and others.
Lifelines Groups undertake projects looking at impacts of hazards on the region’s infrastructure and ways to reduce outage risks and minimise restoration times when outages do occur.
Lifelines Groups have a close relationship with Civil Defence Emergency Management and lifeline utilities have responsibilities under the CDEM Act 2002. Lifelines and CDEM