28 Dec 2015

Fire destroys Northland marae cook house

7:21 am on 28 December 2015

Part of a Northland marae has burned to the ground.

A Fire Service spokesperson said it was called to Waikara Marae, near Dargaville, about 6pm yesterday after the wharekai [cook house] caught fire.

The marae's isolated location meant the building was nearly destroyed by the time fire crews reached it.

The fire was not suspicious but a fire investigator would be at the site this morning to try to determine the cause.