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By David Beck
PRINCIPAL rural fire officer David Brown
is urging people lighting fires in Waitomo and
Otorohanga to continue acting responsibly.
“Currently both districts are in a restricted fire
season, which means people who want to light a
fire need to apply for a permit,” he says.
“ There is no charge for the permits and it is
pleasing to see we have had a notable uptake of
people requesting permits in both districts.”
He says people lighting fires have been well
behaved this summer.
“We have had no issues and I encourage peo-
ple to continue being responsible when lighting
And adds despite some wet weather of late,
high winds are quickly drying everything out.
The restricted fire season for the North King
Country region continues until March 31, unless
It includes all fires in the open air excluding
barbecues and traditional cooking fires within a
pit or confined area where at least three metres
of ground surrounding the fire is cleared of grass
and combustible material.
Mr Brown says when preparing to light a fire it
is important to choose a location a good distance
away from any combustible material, large groups
of trees, power lines, roads and buildings.
“At least 100m, but the further, the better,”
“As the season gets drier there is the possibility
of ember transfer which could potentially transfer
the fire into other areas.
“It is important to keep accessways to the
property clear so that if something does happen
fire trucks can get in easily.
“If they are overgrown we will be delayed
which means increased damage as every second
“ The sooner we get there the better chance we
have of containing it to a smaller area.”
It is also important to be prepared and have
water on hand in case the fire gets out of control,
and if you have any concern to put it out he says
“it is better to be safe, than sorry”.
But he advises people to alert the Fire Service
as soon as possible if something does go wrong.
He also has a warning to those who lit fires in
pits and holes in December saying they need to
“We have had re-ignitions in past years so peo-
ple should be vigilant in keeping an eye on those.
In previous seasons we have had re-ignitions up
to two and a half months later.”
But here’s something people may not be
WAITOMO and Otorohanga districts’ principal rural fire officer David Brown is pleased with the
behaviour of those lighting fires this summer and hopes it will continue.
“Lighting a fire without a permit can poten-
tially mean you have no insurance covering you
if something does happen,” says Mr Brown.
“ The cost of fire fighting in a rural area is quite
extreme, especially once you get helicopters in,
which cost between $2500 and $3000 per hour.
“And those costs are put back on the owner.”
Notification of any changes to fire restrictions
in Waitomo and Otorohanga will be published
in the Waitomo News.
By David Beck
ESTABLISHING a motor caravan site in
Otorohanga is a “win-win” situation for caravan
owners and the local community.
That’s according to New Zealand Motor Cara-
van Association (NZMCA) national policy and
planning manager James Imlach.
NZMCA has leased land at the end of Waipa
Esplanade from the Otorohanga District Council
and, in November, was granted a certificate of
compliance to establish the site.
“We had been negotiating the setup of a park
in Otorohanga for the last couple of years with
the council,” say Mr Imlach.
“ This was the most fit for purpose site because
of its location, size, accessibility and availability.”
The association has more than 70,000 mem-
bers and more than 30 caravan sites throughout
New Zealand – though none were in the Waikato
Otorohanga’s central position to tourist at-
tractions such as the Waitomo Caves and The
Hobbit/Lord of the Rings film locations made it
an apt choice.
Mr Imlach he believes the site will be just as
popular as any.
Otorohanga movan site a ‘win-win’
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THE New Zealand Motor Caravan Association’s new caravan park on Waipa Esplanade in
Otorohanga is ready for use by its members.
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