About us

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Who's involved?

The Waikato Lifeline Utilities Group (WLUG) is made up of representatives from the Waikato region's territorial authorities and major energy, telecommunications, and transportation sector organisations

The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management provides guidance and support to the establishment and operation of regional lifeline utility groups. We are funded through an annual grant from members and the Waikato Region Civil Defence Emergency Management Group. Waikato Regional Council administrates assets and financial records on behalf of the WLUG.

Our goal and mission

The Waikato Lifeline Utilities Group (WLUG) is made up of representatives from the Waikato region's territorial authorities and major energy, telecommunications, and transportation sector organisations.

The overall goal of the Waikato Lifeline Utilities Group (WLUG) is to help our members to meet their obligations under the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002 and coordinate projects which benefit lifeline utilities. 

Our mission is to enhance the connectivity of lifeline utility organisations across agency and sector boundaries in order to improve infrastructure resilience.

The WLUG aims to:

  • encourage and support the work of all participants in identifying and mitigating the effects of hazards on lifeline utility assets and business operations
  • facilitate communication between all participants in order to increase awareness and understanding of each organisations' vulnerabilities, interdependencies and hotspots
  • create and maintain awareness of the role and importance of lifeline utilities within the Waikato region
  • promote ongoing research and technology transfer aimed at protecting and preserving lifeline utilities of the Waikato region
  • develop best approaches to mitigation, preparedness and recovery measures for lifeline utilities.

To learn more about our operational processes, look at the menu to your right >>

Membership benefits

Benefits of participation in the WLUG include:

  • access to best practice risk management concepts
  • access to research and outcomes
  • access to CDEM
  • reduced costs
  • access to relevant activities 
  • reduced resource input and project timelines
  • ongoing forums (networking)
  • assist compliance
  • enhanced ability.