Teen charged over school fire

Last updated 07:47 20/11/2012

Relevant offers

Crime

Tauranga man charged over alleged stabbing Mark Lundy convictions have cost taxpayer nearly $6 million Police shooting leaves Thames neighbourhood in shock Woman fights off attacker during attempted assault in Rotorua Police believe man was stabbed at Tauranga property Prisoners set fire to Gisborne police cell Vulnerable Children's Act: New law means police checks for children's workers Wellington car crime crackdown yields first arrests Robbed family go undercover to catch burglars Dotcom's extradition hearing delayed

A 17-year-old high school student has been charged with setting fire to Whangamata Area School.

The school's technology department was gutted by a blaze last week.

Police and firefighters at first struggled to determine what caused the fire, which caused several thousand dollars' damage.

An investigation by police and the Fire Service had since established that the fire was caused by "the reckless use of matches", detective sergeant Martyn Hughes said.

The teen, who was charged with arson, appeared in Thames District Court yesterday and was bailed.

He would reappear in the Waihi District Court next month.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content