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Iona Wassilieff

Iona Wassilieff Senior Communications Advisor

Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management Te Rākau Whakamarumaru

Iona Wassilieff is a Senior Communications Advisor with the National Emergency Management Agency (formerly the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management). She has over 15 years’ experience in government and has been involved with numerous emergency responses including the 2011 Christchurch earthquake, 2016 Kaikoura earthquake and tsunami, and the 2019 Tasman District fires. Iona is passionate about hazard and warning communication. In her current role she is responsible for developing National Warning System messaging for natural hazards such as earthquakes, tsunami and severe weather emergencies.