Civil-Military Interaction Workshop

The CMIW is a key professional development initiative for disaster response managers and practitioners. It is a joint venture between the Australian Civil-Military Centre and the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, The New Zealand Police and the New Zealand Defence Force.

Workshop details


Start: Sunday 29 September, 2013
End: Friday 4 October 2013


Venue: The Royal New Zealand Police College, Porirua, Wellington, New Zealand
Address: Papakowhai Rd, Porirua 5024


The five day residential workshop will bring together 40 people representing:

  • Pacific and New Zealand Government, Military and Police personnel
  • Pacific and New Zealand NGO and Red Cross personnel
  • International organisation and donor representatives operational in the Pacific
  • Representatives from small island states in the Caribbean

Workshop aim

To strengthen understanding of civil, military and police interaction in the South West Pacific.

Workshop objectives

  1. Enhance understanding of international laws, principles and guidelines that inform civil military police interaction (including UN, Red Cross and NGOs).
  2. Analyse factors relevant to the successful conduct of Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations.
  3. Strengthen understanding of current and emerging civil military police issues in disaster response (including protection, gender, security).
  4. Identify, assess and evaluate opportunities for strengthened civil, military police interaction at a national level.

Workshop format

The CMIW format consists of presentations, panel and syndicate discussions and participatory exercises.


Pacific and Caribbean participants

All travel and workshop costs (including accommodation and meals) will be covered by the New Zealand Government and ACMC.

Non Pacific and Caribbean participants

Participants will need to travel to Wellington airport at their own cost. All accommodation, meals and workshop costs will be covered by the New Zealand Government.  

Participant nomination

Participation will be by invitation through national civil, military and police organisations. Nominations will be sought mid to late June 2013. Preference will be given to current HADR practitioners or personnel likely to be involved in these activities in the future.