Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Firebug runs amok in City

Firebug runs amok in City

Auckland City Police will today be examining a number of fire scenes along with the NZ Fire Service and ESR in an effort to discover who’s responsible for up to 14 fires in the City’s CBD overnight.

Police have yet to establish whether an unidentified woman who burnt to death in Aotea Square at about 1.25am was connected in any way to the other fires that occurred between about 9pm and 4am.

Police officers and a member of the public discovered the burning woman and tried to dowse the flames but she died at the scene.

Police believe the woman set herself on fire but don’t know whether that was accidental or not. Her body has been removed from the scene and it’s expected a post-mortem will be carried out today. It’s believed she was middle-aged.

Included in the list of fire scenes was a sofa on a balcony at one of the Auckland University of Technology buildings; Old Government House in Symonds St; a City Council building in Princes St near Albert Park; the Guardian Trust Building in Queen St.

Other fires occurred in alleys, post boxes and on streets in the CBD.

Some fires were extinguished by Police officers who discovered them during patrols of the city.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news