26 Nov 2019

School speaks about family involved in Tauranga shooting

From Morning Report, 6:43 am on 26 November 2019

A school says the family involved in a fatal police shooting in Tauranga have been getting support from the Ministry of Education before the tragic events unfolded.

A man was shot dead by the police in a property on Oriana Crescent in Bellevue Sunday afternoon.

The police say they were initially called after the man threatened his partner with a knife.

The woman escaped later but three children, aged four, six and 11 remained in the house.

The man was shot after he was found holding a machete to the throat of one of the children - it was after a stand-off of 15 hours.

Bellevue School's Trustees chairperson Maia Ririnui told RNZ reporter Chen Liu Chen that two of the children are attending the school.