Over the past five months, all our local teams have been working hard to develop fire plans for the whole country. As of today, these have now been published on the Fire and Emergency website(external link)(external link) and are now in effect.

Thank you to everyone that has been involved in this project – your dedication to meeting tight timeframes and working with each other, the national project team and your stakeholders has got us to this point.

Update from public consultation

As part of the development of the plans, we ran a formal consultation process.

The public consultation ran from 28 April to 9 June 2021. We received feedback online, by email, and through social media comments on ads promoting the consultation.

We received 155 formal submissions from the consultation, and each fire plan received feedback (ranging from three to 19 items per plan). Eight organisations and two members of the public provided feedback spanning all plans. These perspectives have been broadly grouped into the following sectors:

  • Forestry
  • Farming & horticulture
  • Territorial Local Authorities (Regional, District & City Councils)
  • Conservation
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Infrastructure related organisations
  • Other landowners
  • Members of the public

Themes from the submissions for the fire plans included air quality, fire breaks, fireworks, fire hazards and risks, powerlines, publicity methods for fire bans/restrictions, rubbish fires and trigger thresholds. There was some additional commentary about other issues outside the scope of fire plans, such as property access in the built and natural environments, controlled house burns, and content more suitable for response plans.

You can find all finalised plans including detailed background on their purpose, and an overview of the submissions on our website here(external link)(external link).

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