Bees are strangely attracted to emergency wear.

That was just one of the lessons Reverend Lorelle Chapman shared last Sunday at Taupō's St Paul's Union Church about disaster recovery chaplaincy in the heart of the New South Wales bush fires.

With a prior tenure in the Pilbara in the Australian outback, Rev Lorelle knows about bush fires.

"But in the Pilbara, they burn out in the desert."

From that role Lorelle was still on the