Rural information

Firearms safety

Visit the Te Tari Pūreke | Firearms Safety Authority website to access the training and information you need to stay safe when storing, handling or using a firearm.


Police have become aware of increasing drone activity in rural areas.  Police takes drones seriously – we can and will act on people in breach of rules.

Drone rules:

There are Civil Aviation Rules that all drone operators need to follow

  • Fly no higher than 120m (400ft) above the ground
  • Stay a safe and considerate distance away from people and buildings
  • Don't fly over private land, such as farms or houses, unless the owner says it's OK
  • Keep your drone in sight at all times
  • Drones can’t be flown at night
  • Always keep your drone in sight
  • Stay 4 km away from anywhere aircraft are landing or taking off

For more information, visit

If you see a drone breaching these rules:

Report it to Police; the more reports we receive, the more likely we can identify trends and take appropriate action.

Don’t attempt to seize or damage drones.  You cannot shoot a drone, even on your private property – this is an offence. 

If you see the vehicle of a drone operator, send us the licence details.



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