Fire Restrictions

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.

Open Fire Season from State Highway 1 to the Coast

As of 20 March 2018, Fire and Emergency New Zealand has revoked the previously declared Restricted Fire Season from State Highway 1 to the Coast in the Horowhenua District.

Important Notes:

  • 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.
  • Commercial Forestry areas - These remain in a Restricted Fire Season. In the first instance contact is to be made with the Forest Owners or Managers.
  • Urban areas under City or District Councils Fire Bylaw control remain in their normal year round Restricted Season (Permits required).

See www.checkitsalright.nz to check the season status in an area or call 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.

Fire Seasons, Fire Permits and Fire Hazard Removal 

From 1 July 2018, Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) are responsible for declaring fire seasons, issuing fire permits (fire control) and fire hazard removal in all urban and rural locations.

Fire Season and Fire Permits

FENZ is responsible for setting fire seasons and issuing fire permits for all urban and rural areas.

When assessing your fire permit, FENZ will take into consideration a range of factors including the location of your proposed fire, the weather, and other conditions that may increase the risk of the fire getting out of control.

Information from FENZ about fire seasons, the current season in your location, how to safely light a fire, fire types and how to apply for a permit can be found at www.checkitsalright.nz (if you do not have an internet connection please phone 0800 656 628 for assistance).

Fire Hazard Removal

If there's a property in your neighbourhood that you believe is a health or safety hazard due to an unkempt section, you might first try talking to the property owner.

If this does not resolve the problem, please contact Horowhenua District Council on (06) 366 0999 to report a concern that does not present a fire risk, such as hoarding and other nuisance issues including vermin control.

If your concern is a fire risk, you can let FENZ know about your concern by completing the online form available on the Fire and Emergency New Zealand website or calling 0800 336 942. Please note that FENZ is only able to take action to deal with genuine fire hazards, and not where the property is just unsightly or presents a health hazard.

Fire Emergencies

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.