Firefighters battle large blaze in Northland

Fire and Emergency crews are battling a large scrub blaze at near Ahipara, west of Kaitaia in the Far North.

Emergency services were called at about 1.23am overnight to a large scrub fire covering about five acres above Shipwreck Bay.

Three houses have been evacuated and nine fire trucks were at the scene.

Police were helping residents from their properties on Foreshore Road.