Coun­cils lose con­trol over back­yard fires

Waipa Post - - News -

A Piron­gia reader com­plained to Waipa¯ Coun­cil about a back­yard fire he be­lieved was caus­ing a nui­sance, but then con­tacted us to say the nui­sance had not stopped and what could be done.

Coun­cil En­vi­ron­men­tal Ser­vices team leader Karl Tutty ad­vises since the for­ma­tion of Fire and Emer­gency New Zealand (FENZ), which re­placed the NZ Fire Ser­vice and Ru­ral Fire Au­thor­ity, coun­cils have no pow­ers to pre­vent peo­ple from hav­ing fires.

The con­trol of fires them­selves now rest with FENZ.

Coun­cil can only take ac­tion where a fire breaches the Health Act 1956 or Dis­trict Plan by cre­at­ing con­di­tions that are could af­fect peo­ple’s health.

They ad­vise they have re­sponded to the Piron­gia com­plaints and is­sued a writ­ten warn­ing re­gard­ing smoke nui­sance.

The pub­lic is ad­vised to call 111 if a fire is en­dan­ger­ing life or prop­erty.

■ Check lo­cal fire-re­lated re­stric­tions at check­it­sal­right.nz

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