Mayor Wayne Brown’s handling of the Auckland floods
has the Government poised to strengthen a proposed emergency management law, that could allow the National Emergency Management Agency to intervene if local leaders fail to act.
Brown and his council have faced growing criticism since Friday evening, when Auckland was deluged by 249mm of rain – the city’s wettest day on record
– causing extensive flooding, damage and killing four people.
Much of the criticism has centred on a lack of communication with the public
and the mayor’s signing of a state of emergency declaration
– which provides emergency responders certain powers and allows for central government support – at 9.27pm, when the flooding emergency was already well under way
, and his making this publicly known nearly an hour later.
“I don't think I personally did any wrong, but I actually followed the instructions closely ... one of the things we're going to review is whether or not all those instructions were as clear as they might have been as well,” Brown said on Monday.