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The Department of Internal Affairs

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Fire Services Transition

Fire and Emergency Levy Discussion Document

13 March 2017

Internal Affairs Minister, Peter Dunne, has released a discussion document on new levy regulations as part of the reforms of the fire services sector.

Read the discussion document:

Fill in your electronic submission here: Submission Form - WORD (DOCX, 81KB)

You will need to save the document to your PC and type in the fields. Email or post to the address below.

Submissions close Wednesday 19 April 2017

Submissions can be submitted via email or post:

Select Committee reports back on Fire and Emergency New Zealand Bill

The Government Administration Committee has reported back the Fire and Emergency New Zealand Bill. The Bill establishes a single, unified fire services organisation for New Zealand.
The Bill now awaits a second reading in Parliament.
Read the Bill, as reported from the Select Committee
Read a summary of key changes to the Bill for territorial authorities’ role in fire services:

Terms of reference - Operations and performance review NZ Fire Service Commission

Following an extensive review of New Zealand’s Fire Services, Cabinet agreed to a unified, national fire service that fully integrates New Zealand’s urban and rural fire services. The entity will be called Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ).

Cabinet also agreed that a comprehensive financial and operational performance review of the New Zealand Fire Service Commission be undertaken by independent reviewers to inform key funding and performance-setting decisions for the Commission.

Terms of Reference for that review can be found here:

Independent reviewers have been selected though a competitive tender process in accordance with government procurement process.

Fire and Emergency Discussion Document

Internal Affairs Minister, Peter Dunne has today released a discussion document on new fire services regulations as part of the reforms of the fire services sector.

Read the Minister’s media release  (Beehive website)

Read the discussion document:

Proposed regulations to support Fire and Emergency New Zealand - July 2016 - WORD version (.DOCX, 436KB)

Proposed regulations to support Fire and Emergency New Zealand - July 2016 - PDF version (.PDF, 1.7MB)

Fill in your electronic submission here:
You will need to save the document to your PC, type in the fields.

Submission Form - WORD (.DOCX, 65KB)

Submission Form - PDF (.PDF, 1.7MB) 

Submissions close Thursday 18 August 2016.

Submissions can be submitted via email or post:

Fire and Emergency New Zealand Bill passes first reading

The Bill to  modernise New Zealand’s fire services has passed its first reading and heralds the most significant change in the sector for 70 years. 

Read the Minister’s media release 5/7/2016 (Beehive website)

Read the Minister's speech (Beehive website)

Read the Fire and Emergency New Zealand Bill  (Parliament website)

Fire and Emergency NZ Legislation Introduced

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne has introduced legislation to combine New Zealand’s rural and urban fire service into a single organisation.

Read the Minister’s media release 30/06/2016 (Beehive website)

Fire and Emergency New Zealand Bill (PDF, 131 pages)

General policy statement (PDF, 80KB)

Disclosure statement (Legislation website)

Regulatory Impact Statements

Funding and policy for new fire services organisation agreed

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne has announced funding of $303 million over five years to combine New Zealand’s urban and rural fire services into Fire and Emergency New Zealand from mid-2017.

Timeline for transition

Fire and Emergency New Zealand will be set up in mid-2017. The initial transition work will focus on what must be achieved for the new organisation to be legally unified by that time as well as other important work necessary to get off to a good start.

The dates on this timeline could change, depending on the Parliamentary process, but we will update this timeline if they do change and explain why.

Timeline of the Fire Services transition. Click on the image for a larger version.

Email your questions

As the sector continues to work together to design Fire and Emergency New Zealand, it’s essential that you’re kept informed as things unfold. If you can’t find the information you need on these pages please ask your manager (if you are in the fire services) or email FireServicesTransition@dia.govt.nz.

We will respond directly to you.

Latest update on the transition

Minister sets out expectations for Board’s management of the transition

The Minister of Internal Affairs Peter Dunne has released his Letter of Expectations to the Board of the Commission so everyone can see what the priorities are for both business as usual operations, and for the transition to the new organisation, Fire and Emergency New Zealand.

Read the letter here: Letter of Expectations to the Board of the Commission (May 2016) (.pdf) 530KB

New line-up will lead big changes ahead in the fire services sector (17/03/2016)

The Minister of Internal Affairs Peter Dunne announced a new chair and new members for the Board of the New Zealand Fire Service Commission.

The Hon Paul Swain was appointed as chair of the new Board:

More information about the decision and the background

For updates and further information see the Fire and Emergency New Zealand Project website

Read more about the decision to amalgamate New Zealand’s fire services, resulting from the Fire Services Review.

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