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Source: New Zealand Police

Attribute to Inspector Zane Hooper, Acting Tasman District Commander:

Police and Fire and Emergency NZ have attended the scene of yesterday’s fire on Rabbit Island.

Initial indications suggest the fire may be suspicious and Police are working together with fire investigators to determine the cause of the fire.

Police and FENZ have commenced an investigation and Police ask that anyone who was on Rabbit Island from about 2pm onwards or has any information that may assist the investigation to contact us on 03 546 3895. This number is only to report activity about the Rabbit Island fire. Please do not use this number for other purposes.

Police would like to reassure the community that we continue to patrol affected areas and maintain a strong presence in the community day and night.

We do ask that people remain vigilant and report any suspicious or concerning activity to Police on 111.

Police and FENZ remind people of the fire ban in place and we ask that people take precautions in the current conditions.  Further information can be found here