Fire and Emergency New Zealand – a funding review

Fire and Emergency was formed in 2017. It brings together our urban and rural, and paid and volunteer firefighters. It responds to fire events, but also has other key functions (such as hazardous substances, and transport accident response).

The Government is reviewing the way that Fire and Emergency New Zealand is funded. Presently, Fire and Emergency is funded by levies through property insurance. If you insure your house or contents, some portion of your insurance bill goes to pay for Fire and Emergency.

We want to know whether there are better ways to pay for Fire and Emergency. This review explores whether non-insurance funding options would be viable.

We’ve released a public consultation document to outline the issues and seek feedback on high level options for other ways to fund Fire and Emergency.

We want to hear what you think about funding arrangements for Fire and Emergency.

Your feedback will help inform any changes to Fire and Emergency funding.

How can you have your say?

We’ve put together a public consultation document on the funding review. It’s available here: Consultation Document

There are questions in the document which you can respond to. Consultation will run until 5 February 2020.

You can email your responses to firefundingreview@dia.govt.nz or post them to us at:

Fire Funding Review
Department of Internal Affairs
PO Box 805
Wellington 6140 

Consultation document

Read or download the consultation document: 

Fire and Emergency Funding Review Consultation Document (PDF, 5.4MB)

Quick Read version:

Read or download the Quick Read version of the consultation document: 

Fire and Emergency Funding Review Quick Read Consultation Document (PDF, 5.2MB)

Supporting material 

This material provides further detail to supplement the issues talked about in the consultation document:

What happens next?

The review is split into two phases:

  • Phase one of the review (March 2019 – February 2020) is about consulting on high-level ways to fund Fire and Emergency NZ.
  • Phase two of the review (March 2020 onwards) involves the Government analysing, selecting, and consulting on a preferred funding model.

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