Police have released the name of a Hawkes Bay woman who died
after receiving severe burns during a domestic dispute in
Whakatu on Christmas Day.
Amelia Koriana Whatarau, 42, suffered burns to the upper half
of her body and died in Middlemore Hospital's Burns Unit on
Initial results from a post mortem examination indicate she
died as the result of her injuries.
The woman's 49-year-old partner is being treated in Lower
Hutt Hospital for burns to his hands and arms during the
Emergency services were called to the couple's home on
Christmas Day about 7pm after neighbours reported hearing
"screams that somebody was on fire"after a large cloud of
black smoke was seen rising from the backyard where the woman
and her partner lived with their daughters.
- Hawkes Bay Today