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

 

Taumarunui Police appeal to the public for info on arsons

Taumarunui Police appeal to the public for information on arsons

Taumarunui Police are appealing for help from the public in identifying and locating whoever is responsible for two suspicious fires that were lit yesterday evening.

The first fire happened around 10:50pm at a house on a rural property on Whakapapa Road, Kakahi, about 20 kilometres south east of Taumarunui.

"Initial findings indicate the fire was lit from underneath the house," says Officer in charge of Taumarunui Police Station, Senior Sergeant Grant Alabaster.

The four occupants inside at the time all managed to evacuate the burning house safely.

"The four occupants have been incredibly lucky to escape before the fire took hold and engulfed the house. This incident could have easily resulted in disaster had it not been for the quick thinking of those inside."

The Fire Service was first on the scene and Police shortly followed.

Approximately 90 minutes after the Fire Service extinguished the first fire a shed on the same property was set alight. This fire was also extinguished by the Fire Service.

Both the house and shed were completely destroyed.

Police in conjunction with the Fire Service are carrying out an investigation.

"Someone will know something about these fires and we ask them to come forward and help us locate whoever is responsible for them," says Senior Sergeant Alabaster.

Anyone with information about the arsons is asked to contact the Taumarunui Police Station on (07) 895 8119. Alternatively information can be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Budget

It may seem like Oliver to be so bold as to ask the Finance Minister for more gruel – but what the Dickens, Steven Joyce… is this Budget really as good as it gets?

Supposedly, the public was going to receive significant rewards – an election year lolly scramble no less – for the eight years of belt tightening that they’ve endured, and for the rundown of essential public services.

Well, what Budget 2017 delivered instead in Education and in Health were allocations barely sufficient to maintain the current levels of service delivery More>>

Scoop Full Coverage: of Budget Announcements & Reaction
Latest: Scoop Search

 
 

PM's Press Conference: Two More Troops?

Prime Minister Bill English gave a summary his highlights of last week’s budget announcement... The Prime minister was asked about NATO’s request for New Zealand to send two more personnel to Afghanistan and whether or not we will send them. More>>

ALSO:

Carer Settlement: Threat Of Staff Exodus In Mental Health

As a result of the recent pay rise awarded to their aged care and disability sector colleagues, many staff in non-government mental health and addiction organisations are considering leaving to join these workforces. More>>

ALSO:

Climate Policy: New Zealand Set To Blow Its Carbon Budget By 27%

The Government’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory shows New Zealand is set to release 647.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions between 2013 and 2020 – 137 million tonnes more than we are allowed under the Kyoto Protocol. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

Christchurch Considers Cathedral, Stadium: Cathedral Working Group Report Released

“About half of Christchurch wants to see the cathedral reinstated, the other half wants something new and more modern, but really, everyone just needs a decision." More>>

ALSO:

Auditor-General Stands Down For Investigation: Gordon Campbell On (Not) Taking Responsibility

So Martin Matthews, our current Auditor-General wishes he could have detected “earlier” the fraud that occurred on his watch at the Ministry of Transport. Hmmm. But he could have detected it earlier, surely? That’s the point. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 

Opening The Election Supporters

 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election