Lifeline utilities is a term used in the Civil Defence and Emergency Management Act 2002 to describe organisations that provide essential infrastructure to the community. The Act says that lifeline utilities must “function at the fullest possible extent, even though this may be at a reduced level, during and after an emergency". 

Lifeline utilities cover: 

  • Ports and airports 
  • Road and rail networks 
  • Radio and television networks 
  • Water supply, wastewater and stormwater
  • Petrol and diesel 
  • Electricity and gas 
  • Telecommunications

Lifeline groups in the region

There are two lifeline groups in the Wellington Region

Lifeline Reports


Wellington Lifelines Project, 2019

Wellington Lifelines Project, 2019 (PDF, 41 MB)

This report outlines the findings from the Wellington Lifelines Group's Regional Resilience Project.

Restoring Wellington's Transport Links After a Major Earthquake, 2013

Restoring Wellington's Transport Links After a Major Earthquake, 2013 (PDF, 2.3 MB)

This report pulls together information gained from recent work carried out by the transport infrastructure providers.

Lifeline Utilities Restoration Times, 2013

Lifeline Utilities Restoration Times, 2013 (PDF, 2.7 MB)

This report provides a summary of likely restoration time for key lifeline utility services, following a major earthquake involving a rupture of the Wellington Fault.