Fire Restrictions

Horowhenua District Fire Season Status: Restricted Fire Season from State Highway 1 Inland 

As of 23 January 2018, Fire and Emergency New Zealand has revoked the previously declared Prohibited Fire Season for part of the Horowhenua District.  A Restricted Fire Season has been declared for the Horowhenua District area from State Highway 1 inland to the boundary of the District.  A permit is required to light a fire in open air in this area.

The Prohibited Fire Season (Total Fire Ban) previously declared on 21 December 2017 remains in force from State Highway 1 to the Coast in the Horowhenua District. 

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

  • Incinerator designed to ensure combustible material (sparks, embers, partly burnt paper material) cannot escape, ie:

- The incinerator must incorporate a chimney

- The chimney must include fine wire mesh (which is replaced annually, as it will burn out)

- The incinerator must have a solid lid that completely covers the top of the incinerator 

  • 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).
  • Gas BBQ or cooker.
  • Charcoal or wood fired BBQ or cooker that fully contains all sparks.
  • Traditional cooking fire (hangi, umu). Note: the traditional cooking fire must be attended at all times and means of extinguishing any fire is to be on site.

See www.checkitsalright.nz for types of fire which have been authorised as not being fires in open air and do not need a permit.

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 Restricted Fire Season unless under a permit issued by Fire and Emergency New Zealand and in accordance with any conditions of the permit. Any permits issued during a Restricted Fire Season are suspended if Fire and Emergency declares a Prohibited Fire Season, or prohibits fire in open air in the area. 

Prohibited Fire Season (Total Fire Ban) from State Highway 1 to the Coast

The Prohibited Fire Season previously declared on 21 December 2017 remains in force from State Highway 1 to the Coast in the Horowhenua District. 

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 www.checkitsalright.nz 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.

Enquiries

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

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

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.