One person dead following Ruatahuna house fire


UPDATE 11.30am - One person has died in a house fire in Mataatua Road, Ruatahuna overnight. 

Emergency services were notified of the fire at around 2am.

One other person from the house was taken to hospital in a moderate condition.

Police are working at the scene today, along with Fire and Emergency New Zealand, to determine the cause of the fire.

Police are unable to provide any information regarding the deceased person until the formal identification process has been completed.


One person has been taken to hospital and another is missing after a house fire at Ruatahuna early today.

Fire fighters were called to a house on Mataatua Road at the settlement south of Murupara about two this morning.

Five fire trucks from Murupara and Rotorua attended.

The house was destroyed.

The Fire and Emergency New Zealand says one person was taken to Rotorua Hospital by ambulance with moderate injuries.

Another person has still to be found.

Sam Gardner