photo courtesy of Jeff Hartman

About the TRFA

The Taranaki Rural fire Authority was formed on the 1st July 2013 and provides a single approach to improved fire management of rural fire within the District. The District comprises all lands, excluding the NZ Fire Service (NZFS) urban fire districts, within the three Taranaki territorial local authority areas including those lands administered by the Department of Conservation (DOC).

Increasing urban development is occurring within the rural areas, as people are attracted to a rural lifestyle within an easy commuting distance of the Taranaki urban areas and this trend is expected to increase. This will bring a corresponding increase in the values at risk and the potential for wildfires.

The Taranaki Rural Fire District includes large areas of public recreation, leisure and tourism. This results in seasonal fluctuations in the population and demands on recreational space. Fire prevention measures are considered to incorporate these changes to mitigate any increased fire risks or threats.

It’s everyone’s responsibility to manage the risk of wildfires. You will find this website will assist you in helping protect yourself, your family, your neighbours and your business from the threat of rural wildfire. You will also find important information on fire season status accross the district, just click on the Alright2light banner below.



Fair Go Video!
Taranaki District Fire Plan
PDF 1.13M
The Taranaki Rural Fire District (TRFD) Fire Plan is issued to meet the requirements of the Forest and Rural Fires Act1977 and the Forestand Rural Fires Regulations 2005.
FireSmart Home Owners Manual
PDF 2.54M
You and your neighbours can reduce the hazards of wildfire by following the simple preventative steps explained in this booklet.
Protect Yourself With Insurance
PDF 0.16M
We all have a responsibility to be aware of the risk of fire in rural areas and to take precautions. If you cause a fire, you can be charged for the cost of fighting the fire and any loss to property affected by the fire.
Home and Garden
PDF 0.37M
Living on a rural property, your home is at more risk of damage or loss by fire because of the potentially longer response time of rural firefighters.
Fire Safety For The Summer
Farm Fire Safe
PDF 1.20M
Rural property owners face a higher risk from fire than their urban counterparts.The consequences are greater because fires are detected later and the emergency response takes longer. You need to have a higher level of fire safety awareness and to take extra precautions in rural areas.


Think you’ve got what it takes to be a rural fire fighter? Send us your details and a CV and we’ll be in touch!

If you need further advice or help with your permit please make contact with us on the numbers below. In an emergency please call 111.
0800 65 2 54448
0800 OK 2 LIGHT
Principal rural fire officer / General manager
Nigel Dravitzki
postal address
PO Box 7104, Fitzroy,
New Plymouth, 4312