Possible human remains found in burnt-out housebus

Fire at Domain Road property, Lake Hawea

At approximately 11:20am Police were called to assist with a fire in a non-mobile house bus used as a dwelling on a rural property on Domain Road, Lake Hawea.

Fire and Emergency NZ have put the blaze out and located possible human remains within the dwelling, however, this is yet to be confirmed by a forensic pathologist.

Police and Fire will carry out a scene examination tomorrow morning.

Police ask that anyone who may have information about the fire contacts Wanaka Police on 03 443 7272.

Urgent call to residents to conserve water

Posted: 1:27pm Tuesday 23 Jan, 2018 

Hawea Residents are asked to urgently conserve water today as emergency repairs are undertaken to the local water treatment plant.

QLDC chief engineer Ulrich Glasner said a critical electrical protection device at the Hawea water treatment plant has failed, requiring immediate replacement to avoid damage to the essential infrastructure.

The work will take approx. three hours to complete. “We have had to shut off the water to complete the repairs which we expect to be complete by 5pm,” Mr Glasner said.

“Hawea residents will continue to have access to water from the storage reservoir. However, we are seeking the community’s assistance to avoid the risk of disruption by conserving water this afternoon.”

The cause of the component failure is unknown but an investigation will follow the emergency repairs.

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