SkyCity convention centre fire: Fire & Emergency New Zealand commissions an independent review
Fire and Emergency New Zealand has commissioned an independent review of its management of the 2019 SkyCity convention
The large fire broke out on 22 October in the Auckland central business district while the convention centre was under
The fire was complex and dangerous, which at its peak was attended by about 130 firefighters, 30 appliances and 16
operational vehicles. It severely impacted the Auckland central business district, and it resulted in a full evacuation
of the SkyCity precinct.
‘We are an organisation that is always looking at where we can improve’, says Fire and Emergency Chief Executive Rhys
‘We regularly review our operations but in this case the magnitude of the SkyCity convention centre fire called for an
independent review, as with the Tasman fires last February’.
Fire and Emergency is currently finalising the terms of reference for the independent review and will release them
‘We will be asking the independent reviewers to consider firefighting operations and performance on the ground as well
as Fire and Emergency support activities; including the management of the health, safety and wellbeing of staff across
the incident ground’.
The review will not consider the origin and cause of the fire. ‘We are aware of the significant public interest in the
fire investigation and will release the findings in due course, subject to legal requirements,’ Rhys Jones says.
The review team will be led by one or two independent reviewers, appointed by the review sponsor as recommended by the
Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) with secretarial support from Fire and Emergency NZ.