Fire Control

waipa-fire-and-emergency-new-zealand_620x240.jpg​​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.

This webpage and related Fire Control information will be progressively updated to reflect the requirements of the Act. If you have any questions, please contact Fire and Emergency New Zealand​.

Fire areas in Waipa

Regardless of whether you require a permit, any person lighting a fire or allowing a fire to remain alight has an obligation to ensure it does not cause nuisance or damage. 

It is important to note that the person who is in charge of the fire is ultimately responsible for any damage it may cause, despite the fact that it may be permitted.

Fire control in the Waipa district is administered by Fire and Emergency New Zealand Waikato.

For enquiries about fire permits:

Urban fire areas

Fires in the open air in the urban areas of Te Awamutu, Kihikihi, Cambridge and Leamington are restricted all year round. This means that all fires in the open air require a permit under the local Fire Bylaw 2011.

For more information, please phone 0800WAIPADC (0800 924 723) or contact us​.

Permanently restricted rural fire areas

Previously rural settlements including Pirongia, Ohaupo, Karapiro, Tokanui, Ngahinapouri, Te Pahu, Te Mawhai, and the Peacocks Road area south of Hamilton City were permanently restricted, up until 30 June 2017.

Under Fire and Emergency New Zealand these areas do not need a permit until Fire and Emergency New Zealand declare a Restricted Rural Fire Season during the summer months.

There are two areas that are permanently restricted to a permit for fires in the open air all year round. These are the Moanatuatua Swamp area in the Mill Rd, Kite Rd and Wallace Rd and Maratoto Lake at the end of Douch Road, Ohaupo. These areas are ​marked by permanent signage advising the requirement for Fire permits.

For more information, please go to: Check It's Alright To Light​

Rural areas

Fire and Emergency New Zealand​ is the Rural Fire Authority for all of the rural fire area in Waipa district.

Fires in rural areas require a permit during the summer months, usually from 1 December to 31 March each year. Outside of these times no rural fire permits are required. Regardless of whether you have a permit, any person lighting a fire or allowing a fire to remain alight has an obligation to ensure it does not cause nuisance or damage.

For more information, please go to: Check It's Alright To Light​

The rural fire area does not include Department of Conservation reserves. Within Department of Conservation reserves, any fires in the open air will require a Rural Fire Permit from Department of Conservation.

NB: Rural Fire Permits are required all year round in public conservation lands. In the urban areas of Te Awamutu/Kihikihi & Cambridge/Leamington an Urban Fire Permit is also required all year round.

Fire safety tips

Here are some tips for keeping a safer fire:

  • Supervise fires at all times.
  • Don't annoy your neighbours with smoke nuisance.
  • Do not light in windy conditions
  • Fire must not be left to burn where there is a chance of spread.
  • Water and/or other equipment should be kept handy if available.
  • The fire should be completely extinguished on completion of the burn.
Page reviewed: 06 Jul 2017 11:46am