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Visit the Emergency Management page for information regarding Emergency Preparedness and where your local Civil Defence Centre is located.



Road closures will be updated here when council have received information from NZTA or similar authorities.



Restricted Fire Season

Due to cooler temperatures and a satisfactory reduction in fire danger, the prohibited fire season (total fire ban) in the Wairarapa district has been revoked.

While the fire danger has reduced, there are still some concerns around the changeable weather patterns, fuel loading and fuel condition, meaning the district will be reverting to a restricted fire season (fire by permit).

Fire permits are required for all fire types except approved campground fires or a fire lit for cooking or warmth. 

Anyone wanting more information or a permit should visit Fire and Emergency NZ (FENZ) – or call 0800 658 628


Water Restrictions now in force

Carterton District Council has imposed water restrictions on the use of the Town Water Supply due to the lack of rain fall and the current water of rivers and streams.

Hand-held hosing use only is permitted.

  • Even numbered properties on even numbered days.
  • Odd numbered properties on odd numbered days.

This applies to those rural addresses connected to Town Water Supply.

This restriction will be upgraded to a total hosing ban if we cannot reduce the current demand on our water supply.

Please use the water sensibly and avoid wastage. This will help to ensure that there is a sufficient water supply for everyone.


Water Race Restrictions

Due to the lack of rain fall and the current low water levels of the Waingawa & Mangatarere Rivers, water restrictions have been imposed on the use of the Taratahi & Carrington Water Race.

As our water allocation has been reduced to the lowest take, we need to conserve water so the supply reaches our users at the end of the race.

This restriction dictates the race water can only be used for the purpose of stock drinking water and domestic toilets only.

Please use your water wisely and avoid any wastage to ensure there is a sufficient water supply for everyone.