4 Jan 2019

Second emergency alert test: Almost double NZers get message

1:15 pm on 4 January 2019

Six out of 10 New Zealanders received a test emergency alert message sent out mobile phones by Civil Defence at the end of November last year.

Close up of a man using mobile smart phone

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Minister of Civil Defence Kris Faafoi said that was almost twice the number of people who received it in a 2017 trial.

Civil Defence has been working to make sure more mobile handsets receive the alerts.

Mr Faafoi said more New Zealanders than ever were capable of getting a heads-up in an emergency.

The reach rises to seven out of 10 people, when it includes both those who directly received the message themselves and those who didn't but were near somebody who did.