Fires - Rural & Urban

On 1 July 2017, the new Fire and Emergency New Zealand Act 2017 came into force. This Act repeals the Forest and Rural Fires Act 1997, with immediate effect.

Information, brochures and guidance material related to this website, and this webpage will be progressively updated to reflect the requirements of the Act.

Urban Areas

The urban areas of the district are administered by the Fire and Emergency New Zealand Principal Rural Fire Officer.

Air quality in residential zones comes under the jurisdiction of Environment Canterbury and they have strict restrictions on the lighting of outdoor fires in urban areas.

Rural areas

The rural areas of the district are covered by the Fire and Emergency New Zealand. 

Permits

Refer to the Rural fire page for information on the fire seasons for the rural areas covered by the Waimakariri Fire and Emergency New Zealand Principal Rural Fire Officer and when permits are required.