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Orders in Council - Burning

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, with the support of Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ), are working together to help landowners who want to safely burn waste from Cyclone Gabrielle.

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has received an Order in Council under the severe Weather Emergency Recovery Legislation Act 2023 for the Burning of Cyclone and Flood Waste. The Order in Council temporarily allows open-air burning of cyclone and flood waste on commercial scale horticultural and agricultural properties not located in the Hastings or Napier airsheds.

This temporary law change will be in place between 5 July and the burning must finish by 1 November 2023. The full 'Severe Weather Emergency Recovery (Resource Management—Burning of Waste) Order 2023' can be found here.

A fire management plan must be submitted to the Council two days before the planned burning. The Fire Management Plan can be lodged here.

Further advice on safe burning can be found at

If the management plan, or the regulations under the OIC are not adhered to, the Council may take enforcement action.


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