On 11 January at about 6.30pm the NZ Fire Service (NZFS) was alerted to a fire on Motu Ariki Island, in Lake Tekapō.

Tekapō Volunteer Brigade (NZFS) responded and were on the island within 40 minutes via the local policeman, Brent Swanson’s boat. Their response was really impressive and their passion for the island was obvious.  The fire was accidental and is believed to have been caused by the actions of three guys from the UK. The Department of Conservation (DOC) and South Canterbury Rural Fire District (SCRFD) are investigating. Police spoke to the suspects on Saturday night. [Read more…]