Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Fire at Dome Forest, Matakana

Fire at Dome Forest, Matakana

Firefighters have a new fire on their hands today, with 70 hectares of forest and scrub-land, bounding conservation land burning in Wright Road, Matakana.

The authorities were alerted to the fire late yesterday and have been working through the night.

43 volunteer rural firefighters are on the ground along with additional support from the New Zealand Fire Service, Auckland Rural Fire District and forest companies. Heavy machinery and aerial support is being used.

Bryan Cartelle, Principal Rural Fire Officer, says the team worked hard overnight to contain the flames and dampen down hot spots.

“We are working as quickly as we can to contain the fire however locals can expect to see visible flames and smoke for some time yet. We would like to remind everyone to keep well away from the fire ground – as always safety is our first concern,” he says.

This is the second fire to strike the area this week, the first, west of Wellsford in Tapora is contained but still active and crew remain on site.

“Again we remind Aucklanders that there is currently a complete fire ban across the region and stress this must be taken seriously by everyone as we continue to face extreme fire danger.”

The cause of the fire is yet to be determined however an investigation will be carried out. No properties are under threat.

Several water tankers are also supporting the fire operation, which will impact on residential water deliveries in the Matakana area. We are working to release these tankers as soon as possible.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Budget

It may seem like Oliver to be so bold as to ask the Finance Minister for more gruel – but what the Dickens, Steven Joyce… is this Budget really as good as it gets?

Supposedly, the public was going to receive significant rewards – an election year lolly scramble no less – for the eight years of belt tightening that they’ve endured, and for the rundown of essential public services.

Well, what Budget 2017 delivered instead in Education and in Health were allocations barely sufficient to maintain the current levels of service delivery More>>

Scoop Full Coverage: of Budget Announcements & Reaction
Latest: Scoop Search

 
 

Auditor-General Stands Down For Investigation: Gordon Campbell On (Not) Taking Responsibility

So Martin Matthews, our current Auditor-General wishes he could have detected “earlier” the fraud that occurred on his watch at the Ministry of Transport. Hmmm. But he could have detected it earlier, surely? That’s the point. More>>

ALSO:

NGOs Pleased: Govt To Halt Collection Of Client Data

Brenda Pilott, the chair of ComVoices and national manager of Social Service Providers Aotearoa, congratulates the government on its decision to call a halt to the collection of individual client data until the concerns of not-for-profit service providers have been worked through. More>>

ALSO:

Gosh: Blasphemy Law Repeal Struck Down

Chris Hipkins, the MP who tabled a Supplementary Order Paper to add our Blasphemy Law to the Statutes Repeal Bill, said this was a "sad day for freedom of speech, tolerance, and leadership". More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Navy’s Dealings With Fat Leonard, And Twin Peaks

At an official level, our “she’ll be right” attitude routinely spills over into a keen resentment of anyone who suggests the outcomes may be less than satisfactory… The Navy has now gone one step beyond. It won’t even ask itself whether it did a good job. More>>

ALSO:

NZDF: Fifth Rotation Of Troops Heads To Iraq

The fifth rotation of New Zealand Defence Force troops left today for a six-month mission training Iraqi soldiers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Demonising Of Iran

Will New Zealand still be willing to pursue its recent trade overtures to Iran, now that US President Donald Trump has used his speech in Riyadh to single out Iran as the main source of terrorism and instability in the Middle East? More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 

Opening The Election Supporters

 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election