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Good morning! It's your 1.32am Civil Defence alert test

Good morning! It's your 1.32am Civil Defence alert test”

New Zealand wakes this morning a nation divided into those that received the 1:30am Civil Defence emergency alert and those who did not.

New Zealanders across the country were woken about 1.30am on Wednesday by a series of alerts - including with a loud ring tone - but not over any natural disaster.

'Visit civildefence.govt.nz to find out more.

Once it is up and running, this will be a potentially lifesaving alert system that will send text alerts to mobile phones that are Cell Broadcast enabled.

"Our provider, who is European-based, sends out messages".

"The result is many New Zealanders were woken from their sleep from 1.30 this morning. Some people may have received up to three messages". Sent by the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management'.

Older phones might receive the ability to automatically receive alerts through a system upgrade.

Civil Defence director Sarah Stuart-Black has apologised, saying there had been an error.

Telco provider Vodafone said its customers were among those receiving the alerts but said it was important "to clarify the ministry take full responsibility for sending this error TXT message". "It's created to make a noise that really gets your attention and for that reason it would have given people a real fright being woken from a deep sleep by such a noise not understanding what the goal of this was".

"I unreservedly apologise to everyone affected".

She hoped it wouldn't make people opt out of the system.

"This is an awesome piece of technology that is going to be launched before the end of the year".

"The reason we are introducing it is to give us another way of communicating with the public. this is a way we can get critical information to members of the public".



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