A suspicious fire which destroyed two parked vehicles in St Clair, Dunedin, at the weekend was ''ugly and devastating for the owners'', Detective Iain Ferguson said.
Firefighters were kept busy attending four couch fires in the student quarter on Saturday night and Sunday morning.
A wheelie-bin arsonist left mounds of melted plastic and a Dunedin suburb ''saturated'' with police patrols yesterday morning.
A 38-year-old man has been arrested after allegedly deliberately setting fire to a Mosgiel house on Christmas night.
A man has been charged with burning down his multimillion-dollar luxury home in the Bay of Islands.
A 71-year-old man has been arrested and charged with arson following a spate of forest fires near Nelson.
Revellers at a party are believed to have set off two flares that started a large scrub fire in Northland today.
Dunedin police have made a plea for help from the public after nine suspicious fires were lit in the city at the weekend.
A man who set fire to his car in a central Wellington pedestrian mall on election day last year has pleaded guilty to arson.
Los Angeles Police Charlie Beck said he is confident authorities have their man after a person of interest was detained in connection with dozens of arson fires.
An arsonist swept through the Hollywood area under the cover of dark early on Friday (local time), torching vehicles whose flames ignited nearby houses, including one once occupied by Doors frontman Jim Morrison.
A 35-year-old man has been arrested in relation to five fires at the Foxton Racecourse over the past month.
The Dunedin CIB has distributed fliers to about 90 Caversham households warning a possible arsonist or arsonists may be at work in the area, following another suspicious rubbish fire in College St at the weekend.
A suspected arson attack on an occupied student flat early yesterday could have had deadly consequences, police and Fire Service personnel say.
Waking from a deep sleep to find your front door on fire about a metre from your head is a particularly distressing experience, an Ocean Grove resident says.
Police investigating the arson of a boat in Hampden this week have released a photograph of a plastic container found at the scene.