A restricted fire season is in place for Wellington, with people requiring a fire permit if they wish to light an outdoor fire.
The prohibited fire season came into effect at 9am Monday and covers multiple areas in the region. If you are in Wairarapa/Tararua distrcict then a PROHIBITED fire season still remains.
Principal Rural Fire Officer Craig Cottrill says permit holders should follow the instructions provided carefully.
"The dry vegetation acts as fuel for a wildfire, meaning if a wildfire did start it could spread very quickly... We’ve seen this with a few vegetation fires in the area recently, including one in Makara earlier this month where firefighters and helicopters worked hard over two days to put it out," he says.
What you need to know:
- The restrictions cover the following areas: Kāpiti Coast, Porirua, Wellington City and the Hutt Valley.
- You cannot light an outdoor fire unless you have a permit.
- Gas and charcoal barbecues are permitted.
- Individuals that operate heavy machinery are advised to exercise caution when out in dry terrain. Fire crews advise to undertake work in cooler temperatures and in minimal wind.
To find out more about outdoor fire safety, please go to Fire and Emergency New Zealand's (FENZ) website by clicking the button below.
Hi Upper Hutt,
Should pokie machines be outlawed?
A city councillor has put forward a policy to ban new permits for pokie machines in Wellington City.
Councillor Tamatha Paul, representing the Lambton Ward, is pushing for a 'sinking lid' policy to all but cease new permits for pokie machines in the city. The motion has widespread support across the council table and is set to pass this Thursday.
New Zealanders lost $939 million in pokie machines in 2019 and $241m of that was paid out to community and sports groups. Between 30 and 60 per cent of money going into pokie machines was from problem gamblers and much of that came from low socio-economic communities, a paper by Problem Gambling Foundation said.
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Upper Hutt teenager Brianna Veale has turned her frustration with uninformed comments about her type 1 diabetes into action, awareness and money.
The 14-year-old raised nearly $3000 for Diabetes Youth Wellington, selling more than 120 tickets to a pool party at the Upper Hutt Aquatic Centre on Friday.
Her efforts were bolstered by donations from local businesses and the Silverstream Lions club which agreed to match ticket sales.
The Upper Hutt Cossie Club also presented Brianna with a cheque for $5288.44 after it approved a grant to Diabetes Youth Wellington.