An attempted arson at Waihi Beach School could have been a lot worse but police say the rain on Saturday may have put the fire out. A section of the decking outside a classroom was burnt - possibly Saturday as the damage was discovered on Sunday. Police said they suspect it might have been children responsible and they ask if anyone saw anyone in the school vicinity to contact Waihi Police.

In other Waihi Police news:

A house in Heard Rd Waihi, had some uninvited guests. Owners of the holiday house arrived to discover someone had been living at the house. Food had been consumed, beds slept in and and there was piles of washing. Police ask other residents in Heard Rd if they noticed anyone to please contact them.

Two trailers stolen from a Waihi address were recovered by police. One was found at a Paeroa address and the other was recovered after a police pursuit in Hamilton.


A 72-year-old pensioner suffered minor cuts and abrasions after an altercation with his house guest last week. A 46-year-old male has appeared in Waihi District Court charged with assaulting a person with a weapon (plastic chair). He is set to reappear in court again on March 10.

A Tauranga male has been released with a pre-charge warning after he stole a pair of shoes from the Waihi SPCA Op Shop.

A Waihi Beach 18-year-old male has been charged with burglary after a Shaw Rd house was burgled. A television and other items were stolen.

Police attended a one-car crash on SH2 near Waimata School on Saturday. Police said the car, driven by tourists, was driving too fast for the wet conditions, slid off the road, hit a gravel pile and rolled several times. All occupants were unhurt and walked away from the crash.