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What the fire service merger means

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 28/04/2016

WHAT THE FIRE SERVICE SHAKE-UP MEANS

* Urban and rural fire services will be merged from mid-2017

* The new organisation will be called Fire and Emergency New Zealand

* There will be no job losses

* Existing positions and entitlements will be protected

* Household insurance levies will increase from 2018 but not significantly

* There will be a new levy on vehicle owners to cover the cost of attending accidents

* New levy anti-avoidance measures will be introduced

* The merger will cost the government $303 million over four years.

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