Source: New Zealand Police – Press Release/Statement:

Headline: Police investigating suspected arson

Saturday, 28 February 2015 – 10:48am

Manawatu CIB is currently investigating a suspected arson that occurred at a residential address in Ormond Street, Woodville, at approximately 1am today.

Police and a fire investigator are currently examining the property which has been extensively damaged.

The address became the scene of a homicide inquiry on 4 January, 2015 after 49-year-old James Whatuira, was found dead at the address.

Detective Sergeant Johnny Oram of the Manawatu CIB says: “Whilst a link between Mr Whatuira’s death and the suspected arson is not established at this time, Police consider this to be a strong possibility.”

“We want to speak to anyone that has any information about this suspected arson, including reports of any suspicious behaviour witnessed in the area during the early hours of this morning.”

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Sergeant Oram on (06) 213 9613. Alternatively, any information can also be provided anonymously to the organisation, Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.


Selwyn Manning, BCS (Hons.) MCS (Hons.) is an investigative political journalist with 23 years media experience. He specializes in reportage and analysis of socioeconomics, politics, foreign affairs, and security/intelligence issues. Selwyn has extensive experience as a commentator and has provided live political analysis to a wide range of television and radio organizations broadcasting in New Zealand, Australia and globally including the BBC (Five Live, London) and BBC (World Service). He is currently a correspondent to Australia's FiveAA radio, and is a regular live-on-air panelist on Radio New Zealand's The Panel with broadcaster Jim Mora.