Horowhenua District Fire Season Status
Open Fire Season from State Highway 1 Inland
As of 1 March 2018, Fire and Emergency New Zealand has revoked the previously declared Restricted Fire Season for part of the Horowhenua District and an Open Fire Season has been declared for the Horowhenua District area from State Highway 1 inland to the boundary of the District.
Note: All Public Conservation Land administered by the Department of Conservation within the Horowhenua District is in a year round (365 day) Restricted Fire Season.
Restricted Fire Season (Permits Required) from State Highway 1 to the Coast
A Restricted Fire Season has been declared from State Highway 1 to the Coast in the Horowhenua District. A permit is required to light a fire in open air in these areas.
- This replaces the previously declared Prohibited Fire Season in these areas.
- All Public Conservation Land administered by the Department of Conservation is in a Year round (365 day) Restricted Fire Season.
- All beach and sand dune areas remain in a Prohibited Fire Season (Total Fire Ban) 365 days a Year.
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) and 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 (FENZ) 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.
To find out more about the Restricted 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.
All enquiries for Rural fire permits should be directed to Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ). Please phone 0800 658 628 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All other enquiries for the Horowhenua District should be made to Horowhenua District Council, phone (06) 366 0999 or email@example.com
For all fire emergencies phone 111, and give your name, address, telephone number and rural number (if applicable).
Fire and Emergency Services Act 2017
Under the Fire and Emergency Services Act 2017,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 Fire and Emergency New Zealand on 0800 658 628 for more information.