Man, 47, charged with arson

A Kakahi man is facing arson charges in relation to two fires in the rural community about 20 kilometres south east of Taumaranui.

The first fire happened last Thursday about 10:50pm at a house on a rural property on Whakapapa Road, Kakahi.

A second fire at a shed on the same property was lit shortly after the house fire.

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

Officer in charge of Taumarunui Police Station, Senior Sergeant Grant Alabaster said police arrested the 47-year -old man after a tip-off from members of the public.  

"I want to thank the community for their support in helping us identify and locate the offender. Your help is invaluable in preventing crime in our community," he said.

The man has been charged with two counts of arson and one count of assault.

He is remanded in custody at Waikeria Prison for a psychological assessment and is due to reappear in the Taumarunui District Court in the next few weeks.