14 Jan 2019

Two charged in relation to New Year's Day death

5:38 pm on 14 January 2019

Two men have been charged with assault in relation to the death of a 22-year-old on Matakana Island.

(Wikimedia Commons: Matakana Island)

Wikimedia Commons: Matakana Island Photo: WIKIMEDIA COMMONS / Ulanwp

Freedom Taikato died on New Year's Day on the island in the Bay of Plenty.

A 23-year-old and 59-year-old have been each charged with common assault.

They are due to reappear in the Tauranga District Court on Thursday.

Police are continuing to investigate the death.