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.

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 emailenquiries@horowhenua.govt.nz

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.