Civil Defence Updates

Get Ready Week: 9-15 October

9-15 October is Get Ready Week

9-15 October is Get Ready Week

Organised by the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management, Get Ready Week is a chance for everyone to take steps to be more prepared. 

Rural Fire Open Season

Rural fire open season: What does this mean for me?

Information about Fire Permits

Westland residents are able to light a fire in the open air without needing to get a fire permit, as long as you have permission from the relevant land owner. However, you are still responsible for the fire and must exercise caution, check the weather, be well prepared before lighting and ensure that the fire doesn’t get out of control and spread to vegetation or property.

Please remember that you need to:

Civil Defence - Being Prepared


In most emergencies you should be able to stay in your home. Plan to be able to look after yourself and your household for at least three days or more. Assemble and maintain your emergency survival items for your home as well as a portable getaway kit in case you have to leave in a hurry. You should also have essential emergency items in your workplace and in your car.

Download a checklist at the bottom of this page.

View our other pages on Emergency Management.


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