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


Kiwi, tui and pīwakawaka chosen as ambassadors for wildfire

Kiwi, tui and pīwakawaka chosen as ambassadors for wildfire prevention campaign

A new summer wildfire prevention campaign featuring three of New Zealand’s most beloved native birds begins today.

‘Fire does not just present a danger to people and property, but also to the unique native birds that are part of our national identity,’ said Kerry Gregory, Deputy Chief Executive Service Delivery, Fire and Emergency New Zealand.

All are threatened by fire, either directly or indirectly through the destruction of their habitat. So too are many other species. Fire is one of the most significant risks to threatened species such as kiwi and tui because it destroys habitat as well as life.

‘Fire and Emergency worked closely with the Department of Conservation to select the kiwi, tui and and pīwakawaka (fantail) as the ambassadors for our wildfire prevention campaign’.

‘No one wants their property destroyed or their life disrupted by fire, but many of us still don’t understand the risks associated with some common activities,’ Kerry Gregory said.

‘In extreme conditions it only takes a spark to start a devastating wildfire. That spark can come from a cooking fire, a piece of equipment such as a lawnmower, a charcoal barbeque or a burn-off.’

In New Zealand 65 per cent of wildfires are caused by controlled burns and cooking and camping fires getting out of control. It is vital that people know the Fire Season Status of the area they are in before doing any work outdoors that could generate a spark, and before lighting any kind of fire. People can learn how to reduce the risk and check whether they need a Fire Permit at www.checkitsalright.nz.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Fudging On Child Poverty, And America’s Diplomatic Dance With Iran

If you want a good insight into what the limits of tiny, barely discernible steps to reduce poverty actually look like, delve into the latest Statistics Department figures on poverty in New Zealand Most of the nine measures utilised reveal little or no progress in combatting poverty over the 21 months to March 2020... More>>


Government: Reserve Bank To Take Account Of Housing In Decision Making

The Reserve Bank is now required to consider the impact on housing when making monetary and financial policy decisions, Grant Robertson announced today. Changes have been made to the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee’s remit requiring it to take into ... More>>


RNZ: Alert Levels Remain

There are no new community cases of Covid-19 today, the Ministry of Health has confirmed.
Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says at least half of the Papatoetoe High School community have been tested and the results that have come through so far have all been negative... More>>


Stats NZ: Latest Release Of Child Poverty Statistics

All measures of child poverty were trending downwards, prior to the COVID-19 lockdown, across the two years since year ended June 2018, Stats NZ said today. The COVID-19 lockdown in late March 2020 affected Stats NZ’s ability to collect data from households ... More>>


NZ Initiative: New Report Highlights How Our Housing Crisis Could Worsen If We Don’t Act Now

If New Zealand politicians thought the housing crisis in 2020 was bad, the worst is yet to come, warns a new report by The New Zealand Initiative. In The Need to Build: The demographic drivers of housing demand , Research Assistant Leonard Hong ... More>>

Parliament: Kiwi MPs Among The “Most Educated In The World”

New analysis of MP qualifications reveals New Zealand’s Parliament is one of the most educated and highest qualified in the world, and significantly more educated than Australia’s. The research, by Mark Blackham of BlacklandPR and Geoffrey Miller ... More>>

The Dig: An Illogical Ideological Struggle

Dig beneath all the trade wars and the arguments to the effect that the USA should not permit China to achieve economic and technological superiority, or even parity, and you find the real reason behind the conflict... More>>

Travel: Government Eases Visa Restrictions For Visitors In New Zealand

Visitor visa holders will be able to stay in New Zealand a little longer as the Government eases restrictions for those still here, the Minister of Immigration has announced. More>>




InfoPages News Channels