Public submissions have opened as part of a review into the operational response to the Port Hills fire, led by senior Australian firefighter Alan Goodwin.
The New Zealand Fire Service and National Rural Fire Authority have initiated the review, which will focus on the response to the fire and key lessons for how fire authorities carry out their duties and serve their communities in the future.
Mr Goodwin is now seeking information from people who were affected by the fires.
In order to provide information, please use the submission form (external link) on New Zealand Fire Service website. If you would like to receive your form by post, please call the NZFS and NRFA Headquarters on 04 496 3600. Please make your submissions by Monday 12 June 2017.
The terms of reference (external link) were confirmed by the fire agencies involved in leading the response – New Zealand Fire Service and the two Rural Fire Authorities, Selwyn District Council and Department of Conservation. They set out guidelines for what the review will investigate, how it will be carried out and who will be involved.
Mr Goodwin is the Manager International Programs for the National Resource Sharing Centre, Australasian Fire and Emergency Authorities Council (AFAC). He was previously Chief Fire Officer with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning in Victoria, Australia. He has spent more than 25 years in the forest, fire and Emergency Management industry.
It is expected the findings will be released in October.