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Tairāwhiti Rural Fire

Tairāwhiti Fire and Emergency NZ

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Tairāwhiti Rural Fire

Tairāwhiti rural fire district is from Potaka north to the top of the Wharerata south. 

Fire season status today

A permanent restricted fire season applies to all urban and coastal areas.

Area Fire Season Requirements
Rural Open Conditions apply - check it's alright  
Rural townships Restricted Permit required - apply online
City - incl. Wainui Restricted Permit required - apply online
Beaches and coastal areas Restricted Permit required Gas cookers or barbecues don't require a permit.

Check the district's fire weather data on Fire and Emergency New Zealand website  

Read or download the pamphlet - Is your property at risk from fire? 

Fire danger or complaints

If there is immediate danger to people or property - ring 111

If there's no immediate danger to people or property - but there's a smoke nuisance, contact us 24/7 on 0800 653 800 or 8672049.   

Rural fire season definitions

The 3 fire seasons are:


This only ever applies to rural areas. Conditions apply. No fires are permitted after dark.
Visit www.check it's alright website

A permanent restricted fire season applies to all public conservation land. You must apply for a permit from Fire and Emergency New Zealand


Fire by permit only.  Any person who lights a fire in the open air must have a written fire permit. 
Rural locations apply from Fire and Emergency New Zealand
Urban areas apply here online

More information about fire permits


This means a total fire ban.  Lighting a fire anywhere outdoors during a total fire ban is an offence. 
Open air fires include camp fires, bonfires, rubbish fires, incinerators, braziers, cooking fires such as hangi, lovo and umu, flying lanterns.  Gas cookers and gas barbecues are not included in the ban.
Some exceptions for hangi may be considered, for more information contact us.

A permanent restricted fire season applies to all plantation forests within the Eastland Rural District territory including a 1km wide zone around these properties.  Application for a fire permit can be made to Council.

Take extra care - fires cost

Fires can start very easily in dry conditions. All it takes is a spark or a hot engine to start a fire. Be careful when operating mowers, grinders, welders, chainsaws, power tools, vehicles, tractors and machinery.

Safeguard against starting an accidental fire by using spark arrestors, have fire suppression equipment nearby and use well-maintained machinery.

Minimise the risk of a fire starting. If a fire does start, make sure you can put it out safely and call for help quickly.

Insurance protection - how's your cover?

Do you have insurance protection to cover any potential fire related costs, losses and liabilities? You need to consider:

  1. Insurance of property for loss and replacement from fire: for your house, household items, other buildings, vehicles, plant and machinery, forests and crops.
  2. Public liability insurance: to cover the cost of damage and loss to a third party from anything (including fire) that escapes from your property and damages other parties property.

Check your insurance policy today.  Talk to your insurer to confirm cover and appropriate limits.

Rural property access - the 4x4 rule

If a fire breaks out, many rural property owners face an increased risk due to their remote location and the distance from the nearest fire station.  Our response can be compromised by our fire appliances not being able to gain access onto driveways due to overhanging branches or narrow gates and fence lines.  There can also be issues with no clear pathways to water resources on properties.

Remember the 4x4 rule - in an emergency it's critical our fire appliances and crews can get to you as soon as possible.
Access to driveways and water supplies must have a width and height clearance of at least 4 metres.

When you call 111, state the location using the RAPID number and make sure it's clearly displayed on the property.


The day-to-day management of rural fires is carried out by the Principal Rural Fire Officer (PRFO).  The PRFO is responsible for the management of our rural fire stations, equipment, public awareness and the operational prevention, suppression and control of fires.

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