Fire Restrictions

Total Fire Ban.  

Horowhenua District Fire Season Status: Prohibited Fire Season (Total Fire Ban)

A Prohibited Fire Season (Total Fire Ban) has been declared by Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) from 8:00am (0800 Hrs) on Thursday, 21 December 2017, in all of Horowhenua District's area until revoked or amended.  Existing fire permits will be suspended, and no new permits will be issued unless deemed appropriate under Council’s bylaw. 

The following are exempt from a permit in a Prohibited Fire Season:

  • Gas BBQ or cooker
  • Charcoal or wood fired BBQ or cooker that fully contains all sparks
  • Pizza Oven with or without a chimney that fully contains all sparks. Note: If the oven includes a chimney, the chimney must include fine wire mesh (which is replaced annually, as it will burn out).

Those using traditional cooking fires such as an umu or hangi are urged to apply for a permit to enable advice from a Rural Fire Officer. It is highly unlikely a permit will be declined but additional fire safety measures may be required. For tips regarding the safe use of traditional cooking fires, visit Fire and Emergency New Zealand's website

You commit an offence if you knowingly or recklessly light, or allow another person to light, a fire in open air in an area that is in a Prohibited Fire Season unless under a permit issued by Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) and in accordance with any conditions of the permit.

To find out more about the Prohibited Fire Season visit or phone 0800 658 628.

Prohibited Fire Season on Coastal Margin

A total fire ban is in place on the 3Km coastal margin of the Horowhenua District and on all public conservation land.

Prohibited Fire Season (Total Fire Ban) on all Beaches

A total fire ban is in place on all Horowhenua beaches.


All enquiries for Rural fire permits should be directed to Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ). Please phone 0800 658 628 or email

All other enquiries for the Horowhenua District should be made to Horowhenua District Council, phone (06) 366 0999 or email

Fire Emergencies

For all fire emergencies phone 111, and give your name, address, telephone number and rural number (if applicable).

Fire Service Act

Under the Fire Service Act the cost of fighting a fire in an urban area by the Fire Service is mostly funded by a fire levy on building insurance, but the rules in rural areas are different.

Landowners can contact Council on (06) 366 0999 for advice as required.