How are Local Advisory Committees chosen?

The Fire and Emergency New Zealand Board appoints all Local Advisory Committees (LACs) Chairs, Deputy Chairs and members.

The appointment process focuses on identifying people who are: 

  • Well-connected, respected and able to engage with a range of networks and communities of interest to gather a community-wide perspective
  • Known for their integrity and ability to represent all stakeholders in their local community
  • Able to think strategically and pragmatically about local risks and issues
  • Highly collaborative and inclusive of different views, so that the LAC can work together towards consensus in the advice provided to Fire and Emergency on behalf of their community
  • Committed to building a safer, more resilient New Zealand.

When will the next LAC committees be established?

 In March 2023, our Board agreed to Fire and Emergency establishing the nine remaining LACs in 2024.  The nine additional LACs will be located in:

  • Southland
  • Taranaki
  • Waikato
  • Nelson Tasman
  • Auckland
  • Wellington
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Whanganui/Manawatū
  • Canterbury

Planning is underway for this, and we will be reaching out to these communities to start seeking Expressions of Interest closer to the time.

If you would like to register your interest in becoming an LAC for either one of our existing LACs or one of the nine we will be establishing, or would like any further information, you can email Fire and Emergency’s National LAC team on or fill out the form below.