UPDATE Friday 7 February, 8am
Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) have declared a Prohibited Fire Season for the entire Taranaki District starting today. This means can't light outdoor fires. Find out more on the Check it's alright website.
On July 1 2017 rural fire moved under the responsibility of the newly formed Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ), meaning South Taranaki District Council is no longer the provider of the response service for rural fire for the district.
FENZ is an amalgamation of the New Zealand Fire Service, the National Rural Fire Authority, all 12 rural fire districts and 26 territorial rural fire authorities. From July 1 2017, new legislation means rural fire is no longer the operational responsibility of local authorities.
For more information visit www.fireandemergency.nz