Message from our Chair: update on Local Advisory Committees and their confirmed boundaries
Today, we’re announcing the new boundaries for the Local Advisory Committees (LACs) that are going to be an important part of Fire and Emergency New Zealand in the future. There will be 16 LACs that largely match the Civil Defence and Emergency Management Group (CDEMG) boundaries.
Maintaining a strong local community presence is vital to Fire and Emergency and the LACs are a part of this. They will help us to stay connected to communities and provide us with advice about local needs and risks.
Following consultation in May 2018, Fire and Emergency agreed to include Tararua District in the Hawke’s Bay LAC boundary, rather than Whanganui-Manawatū as originally proposed. Many submitters were strongly in support of this change.
The first seven of these LACs will be established before June next year.
To make sure we got the model right, we ran two pilots, in the Greater Auckland region and Mid-South Canterbury in 2017, and a trial in Hawke’s Bay in 2018. These tested how LACs should be set up and run, and what features were needed to ensure effective local input and advice was provided to us.
The lessons from the pilots and trial will be used to shape the final design and implementation of LACs nationally.
For more information, visit the Local Advisory Committees page on the Portal.