Welcome to the New Zealand Association of Fire Investigators
The New Zealand Association of Fire Investigators (NZAFI) is the largest and foremost professional body uniting all fire investigators in New Zealand. We represent the broadest possible group of fire investigation professionals with our members coming from many fields including serving fire and police officers, private investigation firms, insurance companies, legal practitioners and forensic scientists.
The NZAFI is an affiliated chapter of its parent organisation, the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) and is registered as International Chapter 45.
The Association also collaborates with other IAAI Chapters located in Victoria, Queensland, and New South Wales to actively participate in the Australasian Association of Fire Investigators, bringing together Fire Investigators from across Australasia in a Biennial training conference.
The NZAFI shall continue to serve as the national resource with global ties for those working in and associated with the fire, arson, and explosion investigation profession with respect to fire safety and prevention; arson investigation, determination, and prosecution; and fire loss claims and litigation.
To provide a forum in which all agencies involved in the investigation of the cause and origin of fires can develop an understanding of the full range of services and facilities available.
To develop initiatives and programs which will raise the level of expertise and experience of those actively involved in the investigation of fires and to raise the level of understanding of those involved in policy making and resource allocation.
To provide public education, highlighting the capacity of fire investigators to detect and determine the accurate picture of the dominant causes of fire losses in the community.
To promote the highest level of ethical behavior of all those involved, both directly and indirectly, in the investigation of fires.
To ensure that expert witness evidence, provided to our Courts, is factual, unbiased and complete; not withstanding the adversarial nature of our justice system.
To encourage co-operation between public service agencies, private enterprises and associations, to further the suppression and prevention of fire and arson in New Zealand.
To foster and promote greater professional competence in fire investigation techniques and the recognition of the crime of arson.