Change of fire season
Fire and Emergency NZ says the Waikato fire district is now in a restricted fire season. The change came into force on January 10 and covers all areas within Hamilton City, Waikato, Hauraki, Matamata Piako, Waipa, Otorohanga and Waitomo districts. A permit is required to light an open-air fire. Thames-coromandel has been in a prohibited fire season since December 20.