Public consultation

Fire insurance transitional levy increase consultation

From 5 April – 2 May 2023 we held a public consultation on a proposal to increase the transitional levy that provides almost 100% of Fire and Emergency’s funding.

On 3 August 2023 the Government announced its decision to increase the Fire and Emergency transitional levy on insurance policies by 12.8%, effective 1 July 2024.

You can find more information about the consultation, including the submissions we received: Transitional Levy Consultation 2023

The transitional levy will remain in force until 1 July 2026, when a new levy will come into effect under Part 3 of the Fire and Emergency Act.

Fire Plans consultation 2024

Public consultation is open from Thursday 15 February 2024 to Thursday 14 March 2024, 5pm.

Following this, we will review all feedback and final Fire Plans will be published on our website by 22 July 2024.

Why is this consultation happening?

Fire Plans are required under Section 22 of the Fire and Emergency New Zealand Act 2017 (the Act) and under the Fire and Emergency New Zealand (Fire Plans) Regulations 2018 (Regulations). The first generation of Fire Plans created under the Act were developed and published in 2021.

As part of these regulations, Fire and Emergency must review and amend Fire Plans for each local area (reflecting either a Local Advisory Committee or a Territorial Local Authority boundary) at least once every three years and at the time of any significant change to the boundaries and other Fire Control Measures of the local area to ensure Fire Plans reflect the changing nature of communities and emerging risks they face.

Please review current Fire Plans before completing the consultation form.

Disputes Resolution Scheme Consultation closed

Fire and Emergency’s consultation on the Dispute Resolution Scheme Rules ran from 12 December 2019 until 20 February 2020 and is now closed. Thank you to all those who made submissions and comments on the Scheme design and processes. Overall, there was general support for the proposed rules and process for the Scheme. For more information about the changes we made and the supporting rationale read the Summary of and response to submissions.

The Fire and Emergency New Zealand Dispute Resolution Scheme is now available and you can view the final Scheme Rules. The Scheme is administered by ICRA and provides members of the public and Fire and Emergency volunteers with an independent, transparent process for resolving a variety of disputes with Fire and Emergency.

If you have lodged a complaint with Fire and Emergency and are not happy with the outcome or believe it is taking too long for us to respond to your complaint, you can apply to use the Dispute Resolution Scheme.