Fire

With its establishment on 1 July 2017, Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) has taken over responsibility for fire season status and permits.

You can apply for a permit or check on the fire status in your area on the website www.checkitsalright.nz(external link)

People can also phone FENZ on 0800 658 628.

Environment Canterbury(external link) manages air quality rules relating to outdoor burning. 

Port Hills fire

A devastating fire burned 1645 hectares of land on the Port Hills in February 2017, claiming the life of one firefighter and destroying nine homes and two other structures.