Arson: three young people arrested for fire at Paraparaumu School

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News from NZ Police
Police this afternoon apprehended three young people in relation to the arson which occurred last night at Paraparaumu School.

The fire started around 7.15pm and extensively damaged one of the school blocks.

“The three young people will appear in the Porirua Youth Court but that appearance date is yet to be confirmed,” says Detective Inspector George Faalogo of the Kapiti Mana CIB.

The Fire Service and Police investigators conducted a scene examination at the school today. Police will also continue other inquiries as part of the wider investigation.

“Police have been asked to advise the community that Paraparaumu School will be closed for the entire week with classes to resume next week. While one of the buildings was destroyed, outer buildings are still intact which will enable the school and its teachers to welcome students back next Monday” says Mr Faalogo.

“Our thanks go to the school community for the information that they provided. Their assistance has meant that we have been able to get a quick resolution in this case and we are very grateful”.

Wellington.Scoop – August 10
Police tonight reported a large fire at Paraparaumu School.

At 8.30pm they were asking drivers to avoid Himemoa Street and Ruapehu Street in Paraparaumu because of the fire.

The DomPost reported that at least four classrooms and the library were destroyed by the fire.

Newstalk ZB reported that the fire was in a block of portable classrooms. It said forty firefighters were at the blaze.

RadioNZ reports that the fire is being treated as suspicious.



  1. Guy, 11. August 2014, 7:14

    One word: sprinklers.

    Why on earth are sprinklers not compulsorily fitted to schools and churches, the two building types that seem most commonly hit by arson? The expense of retrofitting with sprinklers would be far, far less than the cost of a total rebuild. It is tragic that the school is gone, but it is even more tragic that this could have been so easily prevented.

  2. CB, 12. August 2014, 13:03

    The fire has hit the Paraparaumu community, students, teachers and parents of the school pretty hard – but the sense of community and support to come out of this horrible event has been overwhelming.

    There have been many things lost that cannot be replaced but for those things that can be replaced the school has set up an account for any of you who can give a little or alot at this facebook page.

  3. CB, 12. August 2014, 13:11

    Emergency appeal fund for the rebuild of the classrooms and the resources has been set up. Visit

    Give a little or a lot. Any help much appreciated!!


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