A homicide investigation has been launched over the death of a woman in a house fire the Waikato town of Tirau.
Source: NZ Police.
Roma Midwood, 58, died in the blaze at her home on Little St in the early hours of May 1.
"Roma was a mother, grandmother and loved by those who knew her," Detective Senior Sergeant Matt Cranshaw, Area Manager Investigations, Taupo said in a statement.
Neighbours didn't want to speak on camera, but said the 58-year-old was a private, but friendly woman.
A man told 1 NEWS most of the residents on the street were pensioners.
He said many are "frightened" but confident the police will find those responsible.
Police want to hear from anyone travelling through Tirau in the early hours of May 1.
They are seeking information on a silver four door sedan seen leaving the scene that morning.
Police are urging anyone with information about Ms Midwood's death to contact them on 0800 766 211.