22 Nov 2013

Public help sought after fire at marae

6:45 pm on 22 November 2013

A fire at a marae near Whangarei has prompted a fire investigator to appeal to the public for help.

The wharenui Te Uri o Hikihiki at Mokau Marae was extensively damaged on 8 November. Two children aged 3, and 6, are suspected of lighting the blaze.

A Fire Service investigator who examined the marae, Terry Baylis, says their grandmother has agreed for the children to take part in a fire awareness prevention programme with the service.

Mr Bayliss the scheme is very successful, but more can be done. He says there are a lot of tamariki starting fires who are not being picked up by the programme.

It is important that any education institution, pre-school, primary school or church that knows of children playing with fire to let the service know, he says.