The Kaitangata house at the centre of a murder investigation last month was torched and almost gutted last night in what police said was obviously an arson attack.
Firefighters are tackling a growing tussock fire north of Taupo, stretching local fire services that need to look after their own tinder-dry patches before they can even think about sending crews to help fire-ravaged Australia.
Strong winds have sparked several fires around Victoria, with the first urgent threat message of the day issued to residents of Dereel, south of Ballarat.
Solid Energy is looking at putting out an underground coal fire that has burned north of Westport for more than 80 years.
Fire has gutted a house on Banks Peninsula near Christchurch.
A deliberately-lit fire which spread rapidly near houses in Clyde yesterday afternoon could have had "catastrophic" consequences, police and fire authorities say.
Three suspicious fires in a pine forest during the past week all had the potential for disaster, Alexandra's chief fire officer Russell Anderson said.
A young Ravensbourne family are counting their lucky stars after firefighters stopped a hedge fire as it came within moments of setting their wooden villa alight.
Wellington fire fighters have dealt with at least a dozen suspicious fires since Saturday afternoon leading to multiple police investigations.
Wanaka residents described a potentially disastrous vegetation fire early yesterday as "absolutely terrifying" and "frighteningly close" after up to 50 firefighters from the district's combined fire brigades saved several homes from the blaze.
A fire which threatened a home and destroyed 1500ha of mainly scrub, tussock and forestry near Hyde over the weekend, was started by a controlled burn.
A Blackman Rd house at Earnscleugh, near Alexandra, was gutted after a fire ripped through it yesterday afternoon.
New Zealand Red Cross has joined its Australian counterpart to raise money for those affected by fires in Victoria, which have so far claimed more than 100 lives.
Police are interviewing residents in the bushfire-devastated Victorian town of Marysville, hoping to establish the cause of the killer blaze which they fear may be the work of an arsonist.
A large scrub fire burning in hill country near Lake Mahinerangi, west of Dunedin, has been contained.
A raging house fire in Dunedin's Pine Hill last night could be seen all over the city as it destroyed a wooden villa and sent neighbours scampering in their night clothes from the next-door property.
Although subject to weather-dependent variation, a month ago the fire danger in rural Otago was generally listed as "high", with some hotspots listed as "extreme".
Alexandra police investigating the series of deliberately-lit fires in the town have received a couple of names of possible suspects.
Dunedin police are investigating two suspicious car fires in Dunedin at the weekend.