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Fire and Emergency New Zealand, Wairarapa Tararua District

Volunteer Rural Fire Forces


The Fire and Emergency New Zealand, Wairarapa Tararua District is responsible for responding to rural fires in the Wairarapa District which covers approximately 600,000 hectares, and extends from the top of the Tararua and Rimutaka Ranges to the east coast, and from Pukaha Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre to Cook Straight and Palliser Bay.

The Fire and Emergency New Zealand, Wairarapa Tararua District volunteers are recruited from the community and trained in vegetation firefighting. Initially started in 2004 when the enlarged rural fire district was formed taking responsibility for managing rural fire, they have attended on average in excess of 200 callouts per year.

Fire and Emergency New Zealand, Wairarapa District have eight volunteer rural fire forces – they are based in the rural communities of Castle Point, Riversdale Beach, Tinui, Mauriceville, Wainuioru, Tora, Lake Ferry and Ngawi. The Tararua has five fire forces - Akitio, Herbertville, Te Uri, Weber and Tiraumea.
Being a volunteer in the Fire and Emergency New Zealand, Wairarapa Tararua District teams involves fortnightly training, some unit standard training in conjunction with the Fire and Emergency New Zealand standards and various scenarios.

The teams are expected to respond, when requested, to rural fires and commit their time and energy to this valuable community resource.

If you are interested in becoming a Rural Fire volunteer for the Fire and Emergency New Zealand, Wairarapa Tararua District, please contact:
06 -370 9557

Wairarapa District Updates

District Training Day May 10 at Henley Lake

Fire Crews battle Blaze in Wild Weather.

A fantastic effort from three Masterton Fire Service crews , plus rural fire crews from Mauriceville and Tinui saved an historic homestead after they were called to a fire on Whangaehu Valley road on Sunday 25th May at 9pm. They were supported with water tankers from the Carterton Fire Bridge and Master Roads.

The fire which was the result of a clearing fire that was lit the previous week, but with the strong winds present on Sunday night, it was fanned back into life, the fire destroyed a storage shed and threatened a nearby house. Crews were at work till 1am containing the blaze, with a night crew staying on site overnight damping down hot spots.

Phill Wishnowsky, Wairarapa Principal Rural fire Officer said this a timely reminder to those that light fires to check both the current and long range weather forecasts before lighting a fire and also to ensure it is properly out before leaving it unattended. Also to check their fire suppression insurance

Current local weather information can be found at

Training Day

Planning is almost complete for the  Wairarapa Rural Fire District training day on Saturday May 10th, at Henley Lake in Masterton.

The day will be focusing on three unit standards to do with pump operation, 21417, 3270and 20386, as well as unit standards 3288 and 20388 which are to do with working with Helicopters.

Both Amalgamated Helicopters and Wairarapa Helicopters have indicated they will be attending to assist with the training day.

Most crew memebers that are attending have either completed the required theory, or are on their way to completeing it.

The final agenda for the day will be sent out on Friday 2 May to the Fire Force controllers. Please check so you know what is required of you on the day.