Local Advisory Committees

Reflecting the diversity of community voices
E koekoe te tūī, e ketekete te kākā, e kūkū te kererū

This historic whakataukī reminds us that it takes a multitude of voices to create harmony.

Local Advisory Committees help us make your community more resilient in an emergency

The Committees’ purpose is to provide independent community-focused strategic advice on local needs, issues and risks. They help Fire and Emergency New Zealand support their communities by providing a strong local perspective on what matters.

Fire and Emergency first established seven Local Advisory Committees (LACs) in June 2020:

In March 2024, Fire and Emergency embarked on a journey to establish four more LACs in Waikato, Taranaki, Nelson-Tasman and Southland. These LACs are expected to be up and running by September 2024.

Planning is underway for the establishment of the remaining five LACs in Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Manawatū-Whanganui, Wellington and Canterbury. If you would like to register your interest in becoming an LAC member for either one of our existing or future LACs, or would like further information, you can email lacs@fireandemergency.nz or fill out the Expression of Interest form below.