One person has died in a Dunedin house fire overnight.
Three fire trucks were called to the scene of the blaze on Nutsford St, Brockville, just after midnight.
Fire service personal were unable to account for all occupants of the house initially, but confirmed someone had died around 6:30am this morning.
"The Government has to balance pay demands across the public sector. We have gone as far as we can in terms of extra Government money," Dr Clark said this afternoon.