Po­lice seek man near fa­tal fire


A man seen stand­ing on a high­way near the scene of a fa­tal fire has sparked a po­lice ap­peal.

The blaze near the Ran­gi­taiki Tav­ern be­tween Taupo and Napier on March 17 claimed the lives of a mother, her in­fant and one other.

A fam­ily friend who de­clined to give her name at the time of the fire, said the oc­cu­pants of the house were a preg­nant mother, her male part­ner, their eight-yearold son, the mother’s teenage sis­ter and the sis­ter’s six-month-old in­fant.

Po­lice are now look­ing for a man seen stand­ing on the side of the high­way near this area dur­ing the early hours of the morn­ing.

Po­lice said they un­der­stood that the man pulled his car over on the side of the high­way, pos­si­bly af­ter his car broke down.

As part of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, po­lice would like to speak to the man or any­one who may have of­fered as­sis­tance to him be­tween 1am and 3am on March 17.

The Po­lice gave no de­tails on why they wished to speak to the man.

‘‘While the mat­ter is in its fi­nal of stages of in­ves­ti­ga­tion, no fur­ther in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at this time,’’ a po­lice spokesper­son said.

* Any­one with any in­for­ma­tion can con­tact Taupo po­lice on 07 378 6060 or pro­vide in­for­ma­tion anony­mously to Crimestop­pers at 0800 555 111.


Thanks to the Lake­land Lions, peo­ple who visit the Taupo Ceme­tery are able to pick daf­fodils to put o the graves of their loved ones. Au­gust 25 marks Daf­fodil Day and many in the Taupo com­mu­nity have come to­gether to raise funds for the Cancer So­ci­ety. The Taupo Vin­tage Car Club mem­bers de­liv­ered 90 bunches of fresh daf­fodils to 66 Taupo busi­ness through­out the town ear­lier this week, while many lo­cal busi­nesses are selling the Daf­fodil pins.

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