skip to main content skip to main menu
Scroll

News & Events
~ Ngā pānui

news

Winter Outdoor Burning Ban in Napier and Hastings Air Sheds

Rules applying to outdoor fires during winter in the Napier and Hastings air sheds began on Monday 1 May. Hawke’s Bay Regional Council reminds residents that no outdoor burning is permitted in these zones until after 31 August 2017.


“The burning rules aim to clean up the winter air because of the inversion layer that forms over the cities on cold, windless days and traps smoke near the ground where it’s a health hazard,” says Mike Alebardi, HBRC’s Team Leader Pollution Response/Enforcement.


Mr Alebardi says there are only a few exceptions. Outdoor fires are permitted for burning orchard or vineyard material when food production trees are being replaced with others, when shelterbelts need to be removed for redevelopment or when landowners need to control disease. Barbecue or hangi fires are also permitted.


“However these fires aren’t to cause a nuisance to neighbouring properties, so if you are allowed to light a fire please do it when weather conditions allow smoke to go upwards,” says Mr Alebardi.


People also need to check with their city or district councils about any local bylaws regarding fires in the open air.


The burning rules can be checked at www.hbrc.govt.nz #burning. To find out if a property is inside an air shed, the Air Sheds Online Map button is at the foot of HBRC’s website home page.


Anyone who has a problem with smoke from a neighbouring property, can call HBRC’s Pollution Hotline 24/7 on 0800 108 838.

4 May 2017

Back to Latest News

781 page views for the last 30 days

Share with a friend  

Disclaimers and Copyright
While every endeavour has been taken by the Hawke's Bay Regional Council to ensure that the information on this website is accurate and up to date, Hawke's Bay Regional Council shall not be liable for any loss suffered through the use, directly or indirectly, of information on this website. Information contained has been assembled in good faith. Some of the information available in this site is from the New Zealand Public domain and supplied by relevant government agencies. Hawke's Bay Regional Council cannot accept any liability for its accuracy or content. Portions of the Hawke's Bay Regional Council information and material on this site, including data, pages, documents, online graphics and images are protected by copyright, unless specifically notified to the contrary. Externally sourced information or material is copyright to the respective provider.

© Hawke's Bay Regional Council - www.hbrc.govt.nz / +64 6 835 9200 / Fax: +64 6 835 3601