Firefighters were this evening still at the scene of a major
fire which broke out at Taheke, South Hokianga, about 12.30pm
The blaze swept through more than 30ha of scrub and native
bush beside Taheke Rd, threatening homes and a pine
plantation. By 4pm four helicopters were working to contain
the fire using monsoon buckets.
Fire bosses hope heavy rain forecast this weekend will put it
The same area was razed by fire four years ago.
Also today Mahuri Marae, on Ramsey Rd, also in Taheke, was
threatened by a scrub fire. Flames came within 5m but the
building was not damaged.