Fire & Sprinkler Ban

11 March 2013

A total ban on outdoor fires - gas barbecues excepted - is now in force in the Wellington region. There is also a ban on the use of garden sprinklers and other unattended irrigation systems to conserve the region’s water supplies.

Woman watering a garden with a hand-held hose.

Like much of the rest of the country, the Wellington region is tinder-dry after weeks of hot weather and a serious lack of rainfall.

The fire risk is now extreme so local councils and the Department of Conservation have imposed the total ban. The ban covers all territory in Wellington City, Hutt City, Upper Hutt City, Porirua City and the Kapiti Coast District. It includes all land administered by the Department of Conservation.

All fires in the open are banned. This includes:

  • cooking fires such as hangi, umu and braai
  • incinerators
  • solid-fuel barbecues
  • campfires
  • beach fires
  • fireworks.

The fire ban will remain in place until there is some decent rainfall and the fire danger passes.

While garden water sprinklers and unattended irrigation systems are banned, residents are allowed to use handheld hoses to water gardens.