Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management will be put to the test later this week with a full scale civil defence exercise being held in the region.

More than 250 people will take part in the exercise from a range of organisations including local councils, police, fire and district health board, along with other government and non-government organisations and neighbouring regional civil defence groups.

Exercise Te Matua-a-Maui is based on a magnitude seven earthquake hitting the region. The main operations will be based at the Civil Defence Emergency Management Group Headquarters in Hastings, with further operation centres in Wairoa, Napier and Waipawa.

Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group Manager Ian Macdonald says the main aim of the exercise is to practise the group’s response to a significant earthquake event.

“A large earthquake is seen as the biggest threat to Hawke’s Bay. This exercise will allow us to develop staff, identify areas that need improvement and provide information to review our existing earthquake plans,” says Mr Macdonald.

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