Public consultation

Open Consultations

Public consultation on the Fire and Emergency levy for 2026-2029

Fire and Emergency New Zealand has started public consultation on our proposed levies for the period 1 July 2026 – 30 June 2029. Consultation closes at 5pm on 17 May 2024

Fire and Emergency, New Zealand’s trusted national fire authority and an emergency first responder for most communities, is funded almost entirely through levies on home, contents, non-residential and vehicle insurance policies.

New Zealanders have been funding their fire services through levies paid on insurance policies since the 1970s. We are now consulting on new levy arrangements and the activities we plan to undertake during the levy period.

Draft records disposal schedule

Consultation on Fire and Emergency New Zealand’s draft records disposal schedule is open from Tuesday 16 April until 5pm Tuesday 30 April 2024. After this consultation, we’ll prepare a final version of the draft disposal schedule for submission to Archives New Zealand.


Closed Consultations

Fire insurance transitional levy increase consultation

From 5 April – 2 May 2023 we held a public consultation on a proposal to increase the transitional levy that provides almost 100% of Fire and Emergency’s funding. We have proposed a 12.8% increase to the transitional levy component across all levied insurance policies for the 2024/25 and 2025/26 financial years, taking effect from 1 July 2024.

Public consultation about the proposed increase has ended and the Government is in the process of making decisions about it.

You can read more about the proposal in our consultation launch announcement here on our website: Public consultation on increasing transitional levy now underway.

We will update our website once Government decisions have been announced.

Fire Plans consultation 2024

Fire and Emergency’s consultation to review Fire Plans has now closed. 

District teams will review public and stakeholder submissions, finalise and publish final Fire Plans on our website on 22 July 2024.

Meanwhile, if you have a question for the Fire Plans Project team, email

Disputes Resolution Scheme Consultation

Fire and Emergency’s consultation on the Dispute Resolution Scheme Rules ran from 12 December 2019 until 20 February 2020 and is now closed. Thank you to all those who made submissions and comments on the Scheme design and processes. Overall, there was general support for the proposed rules and process for the Scheme. For more information about the changes we made and the supporting rationale read the Summary of and response to submissions.

The Fire and Emergency New Zealand Dispute Resolution Scheme is now available and you can view the final Scheme Rules. The Scheme is administered by ICRA and provides members of the public and Fire and Emergency volunteers with an independent, transparent process for resolving a variety of disputes with Fire and Emergency.

If you have lodged a complaint with Fire and Emergency and are not happy with the outcome or believe it is taking too long for us to respond to your complaint, you can apply to use the Dispute Resolution Scheme.