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

 


Waikato Police appeal for information following Te Pahu fire

Waikato Police appeal for information following Te Pahu fires

While praising the actions of a local resident who raised the alarm, Te Awamutu Police are hoping members of the public may have seen something suspicious linked to a series of suspicious rural fires west of Hamilton early this morning.

Te Awamutu Sub-Area Manager, Senior Sergeant Dave Simes, said emergency services were called to a property on Old Mountain Rd, near Te Pahu, about 3.30am.

"A local man woke around this time and noticed the light from a fire several kilometres up the road.

"Driving to investigate the man confirmed the light was from a fire and called 111."

Mr Simes said arriving fire-fighters noticed five separate fires at various intervals along the left side of Old Mountain Rd, all within six kilometres of the intersection with Te Pahu Rd.

"The first fire was about 2.75kms from Te Pahu Rd and engulfed about 500metres of scrub along the roadside and destroyed 200metres of fencing belonging to one farm property. The second blaze was 2kms further along the road and burnt about 42m of long grass on the roadside.

"About 540m further on was a third fire that ran from the side of the road up a steep embankment. It had burnt under the greener foliage and reached the drier scrub further up. Fire-fighters had to climb the steep embankment to reach the effected areas and spent several hours extinguishing the various hotspots and cutting down several trees to prevent further outbreaks."

Mr Simes said a smaller fourth fire was lit a short distance away and was located between the third and fifth fires, the last blaze being the largest fire about 60m away from the third. This fifth fire also ran up a large embankment creating further challenges for those fighting the fires.

"This morning's incident is particularly concerning for Police, the Fire Service and Rural Fire authorities because with the hot dry weather we're experiencing right now each fire has the potential to cause not only a great deal of damage to the bush and buildings but threaten people's lives as well."

Mr Simes asked anyone with information on the fires to contact Te Awamutu Police on 07 872 0100.

Alternatively, information can be left anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Mt Albert Aftermath

Personality politics – Jacinda is great! Jacinda is not so great! – have dominated the coverage of the Labour Party’s fortunes this week...

Still, this is a relatively new and welcome problem for the centre-left. Labour has seemed so bereft of crossover talent for so long that it seems almost embarrassed by this latest development. More>>

 

State Sector: Government To Apply Pay Equity Principles

Legal changes are not yet in effect but the State Services Commission, on behalf of the government, and the Council of Trade Unions on behalf of unions, have agreed to apply the principles to current pay equity claims. More>>

ALSO:

Throwing Stoners: English Blames Failed Drug Tests For Unemployment

Bill English’s diversionary tactic of condemning of a generation of Kiwi workers as a bunch of drug-takers cannot hide his government’s failure to create opportunities for decent work, says Labour’s Employment spokesperson Grant Robertson. More>>

ALSO:

Conservation: Central Govt Takes Over 1080 Regulation

“This new approach standardises the rules for using such poisons rather than the current system of different rules in different regions. This change will reduce costs and delays for operators, ensure consistent conditions throughout the country, reduce mistakes from misunderstanding rule differences and allow best practice approaches to be used." More>>

ALSO:

Election Entertainments: ACT Has Prison Plan, Greens Have Water Bill

Green Party launches Member’s Bill to protect our freshwater The Green Party has today launched a member’s bill that will keep water from underground sources, called aquifers, safe from pollution and contamination. More>>

ALSO:

2040 Target And Lower Standards: “Swimmable” Rivers Five Times More Likely To Make You Sick

Forest & Bird has condemned the government’s new water quality standards, warning New Zealanders that they lock in current levels of water pollution and allow for a 5-fold increase in the chance of getting sick from swimming in a river. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news