Giving the community a say in everything we do is a key part of Fire and Emergency New Zealand’s approach. In line with this approach, we are shortly consulting the public on two important aspects the new fire services.

The first is consultation on the boundaries of the Local Advisory Committees (LACs) – how many there should be and what areas they should represent. The LACs will inform us about local fire and emergency risks, and the needs of local communities. Public consultation on the proposed boundaries opened on Monday 9 April, and closes at 5pm on Friday 18 May 2018.

The Discussion Document, and more information, is on the external website(external link).

The second is consultation on the new Fire and Emergency levy, and begins in the coming months. The Government decided to fund Fire and Emergency NZ largely from a levy collected through insurance policies and that we would consult the public on the work we do.

The consultation will include asking people to consider our planned activities, and how costs for these activities are allocated across three levy types (motor vehicle, residential and personal property, and non-residential property).

The new levy rate will apply from 1 July 2019. More information – including how to participate – will be available closer to the consultation.

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