Welcome to the Wairarapa Rural Fire District

Welcome to the site for the Wairarapa Rural Fire District (WRFD). The WRFD is an enlarged rural fire authority which was formed 1 December 2004 with the fire management amalgamation of three district councils and DOC.

The WRFD is one of the largest Fire Authorities in the North Island, covering 593,624 hectares. It is responsible for all rural fire management, prevention, and suppression in the Wairarapa. On average the WRFD responds annually to more than 200 notifications during ‘non-drought’ years.

The WRFD currently has eight Volunteer Rural Fire Forces that are located throughout the district at Castlepoint, Tinui, Riversdale Beach, Mauriceville, Wainuioru, Tora, Ngawi, & Lake Ferry. These Volunteer Rural Fire Forces are well trained and resourced to enable them to effectively respond to and manage various fire incidents that may occur anywhere within the district.

A large number of people volunteer their time to ensure that their community, and our district, remains a safe and vibrant place to live. But due to the transient nature of the employment forces in these areas the WRFD is always keen to talk to people interested in joining the crews at one of the above forces.

Mission Statement

Provide the level of forest and rural fire management service appropriate to the risks and needs of the rural community in the Wairarapa regions.

Latest News

Fire and Emergency New Zealand

From the 1st July the Wairarapa Rural Fire District will cease to exist and a new organisation "Fire & Emergency New Zealand" will be formed. This new organisation is amalgamating all urban and rural fire fighters under 1 organisation.

You the public probably won't notice any change as on the 1st July we will still respond to all your emergencies as we previously did.

What you may notice is we are getting a new logo! Here is said logo with some information about why it was chosen


The logo uses the internationally recognised Battenberg chequered pattern- shorthand for emergency services.

The colours of the new logo bring together the red and yellow from urban and rural fire appliances. The blue provides authority and calm

The logo begins with the word “FIRE” for quick reference in an emergency

Personnel and the public said it made sense to lose the ‘and’ in Fire and Emergency to keep the logo simple.

Personnel and public interviewed said the new logo was more relevant without the crown