Nominations are now open for our first Local Advisory Committees being established in seven areas around New Zealand.

What will Local Advisory Committees do?

Local Advisory Committees (LACs) are a legislative requirement under the Fire and Emergency NZ Act 2017, the same Act that brought our organisation into being. LACs will provide independent advice to the Fire and Emergency Board, ensuring that each community’s unique perspective and local knowledge is considered in our emergency planning. By understanding the issues each community is facing, we can better support them to reduce risk, prepare for, respond to, and recover well from emergencies.

Where are the first LACs being established?

The first seven LACs will be set up in Northland, Tairāwhiti, Hawke’s Bay, Marlborough, West Coast, Otago and Chatham Islands, by June 2020. Each LAC will have around 5-8 members who will seek feedback from their community, meeting quarterly to discuss and provide advice to Fire and Emergency.

Who are we seeking?

We are looking for a mix of people who are well-connected, represent diverse community groups or interests and who can provide insights and intelligence about their local area. LACs are advisory only, and will not be involved in governance, management or operational matters and decisions.

There is already significant community engagement underway in areas where the first LACs are being established.  Thanks to the teams out in those regions who already helping us to get the word out about this important opportunity.

How do I nominate someone?

Nominations close 31 January. You can find out more, and nominate people in your community using the form on our website(external link).

You can also email your questions to

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