Fire and Emergency New Zealand and Hawke’s Bay Regional Council are working together to help rural landowners who want to safely burn waste from Cyclone Gabrielle.
Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has received an Order in Council (OIC) under the severe Weather Emergency Recovery Legislation Act 2023 for the Burning of Cyclone and Flood Waste on commercial scale horticultural and agricultural properties not located in the Hastings or Napier airshed.
The Order in Council temporarily allows open-air burning of cyclone and flood waste in Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti.
Hawke’s Bay Regional Council General Manager Policy and Regulation, Katrina Brunton says, “The Council acknowledges these measures are extraordinary but the problem many landowners face is equally so. Many farmers and horticulturalists, are under huge stress dealing with the waste from Cyclone Gabrielle with huge piles of waste that are preventing the recovery of their land.”
Ms. Brunton urged landowners planning to dispose of waste by burning to complete a fire management plan for the burn-offs and follow the advice of Fire and Emergency.
“The fire management plan can be found on Council’s website. It must be submitted to the Council two days before the planned burning. If the management plan, or the regulations under the OIC, are not adhered to the Council may take enforcement action,” says Ms. Brunton.
Fire management plans can be lodged with the Council by clicking here.
FENZ Community Risk Manager Nigel Hall said there were some easy steps people could take to keep themselves and their community safe while burning waste.
“We know people want to get rid of the trees, wood and other cyclone waste that is currently littering so many properties after cyclone Gabrielle, but we want them to prepare and be safe.”
Preparing your burn pile:
Safety on the day of lighting:
Post fire safety:
If your burn looks like it is going to get out of control, call 111.
For further advice please visit www.fireandemergency.nz/cyclone.
HBRC Communications Advisor - Brendon Lane | 027 320 3523
FENZ Communications Team | 027 591 8837
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12 September 2023
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