TV3 News has hinted frosty relations between New Zealand and Fiji might be an issue in the investigation into how a 28 year old woman from Fiji was burned alive.
The police say Ranjeeta Sharma was burned alive on a rural road just outside of Huntly in the Waikato last Thursday night. Pathology reports suggest she was alive when set alight and that the cause of her death was the fire.
An international search is underway but Ranjeeta's husband is believed to have flown back to Fiji with their four year old son.
The reporter handling the story on TV3 said tonight the investigation has headed to Fiji where the couple came from but the frosty relationship between New Zealand and Fiji might be an issue.
Relations between the two countries have been openly strained due to New Zealand's decision to apply sanctions because of the 2006 coup.
Auckland police have released the above picture of Ranjeeta Sharma and have executed search warrants in South Auckland. They have also contacted Interpol.
A TVOne reporter said Fiji police had told him they had been to the family home of Ranjeeta's home but there has been no sign of him or the child. He is believed to have a passport to Canada.