Saturday, April 13, 2024

Hawke’s Bay welcomes proposed burning rule change 

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has welcomed news that the Government is considering a temporary rule change to allow landowners to burn masses of cyclone and flood debris.

The proposed Order in Council under the Severe Weather Emergency Recovery Act would temporarily allow open-air burning of the waste in Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti.

In a statement, the Council said staff will be working with landowners to ensure they understand the new permitted activity standards that accompany this temporary rule change.

These would include:

  • Steps to separate materials (e.g. tanalised posts, plastics, wire etc.), where possible
  • Timing of the burn
  • Weather conditions
  • Preparation of a fire management planNotification of parties (e.g. Fire and Emergency New Zealand –https://www.firepermit.nz/FENZ/Default.aspx)
  • Appropriate disposal of remaining waste material and ash
  • Site testing and remediation, if required.

If approved, the Order in Council would take effect no later than 27 June and would expire on 15 December.

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