A South Auckland church community is rallying around people whose homes have been destroyed by fire early this morning.
Firefighters were called to the major fire, at the Akoteu Faka-Kalisi-tiane Ko Namoa church complex, on Coronation Road in Māngere Bridge at about 3am.
Nobody was injured in the blaze but at least four homes have significant damage. The Tongan church and pre-school nearby have not been damaged.
Nearby Mountain View School has closed for the day due to asbestos possibly being in the burned buildings.
Spokesperson for the church Frank Koloi speaks with Kathryn.