Taranaki — Hon Tariana Turia, local MP for Te Tai Hauauru, is outraged that almost three months after the asbestos fire descended on Patea, ratepayers seem to be facing the prospect of over a quarter of million dollars damage for the cost of the fire.
New Plymouth — Very dry soil and a build-up of dry grass across New Plymouth District means the urban and rural fire ban is still operative, despite recent rain.
Taranaki — Taranaki Medical Officer of Health Richard Hoskins says while there could be long-term problems associated with asbestos exposure, the risks to public health are very low following a one-off incident such at todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fire at the derelict Patea meatworks.
Taranaki — MP for Te Tai Hauauru, Tariana Turia, has expressed grave concern for the public safety of the community of Patea, following a large fire at the site of the town’s former freezing works.
Taranaki — Patea people have begun evacuating homes because of smoke from a large fire that has been burning at the disused Patea freezing works since 1am today.
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