14 Mar 2019

Ford Falcon sought in David Kuka murder investigation

9:22 pm on 14 March 2019

Police are appealing to the public to help to identify a new piece of information in relation to the death of David Kuka.

Ford Falcon with red bonnet sought in David Kuka murder investigation

Photo: Supplied / NZ Police

Mr Kuka was murdered at his Tauranga home in February 2018.

Police said they believed it was a premeditated attack and early indications showed it was a case of mistaken identity.

Tonight, Police Ten 7 revealed a second vehicle of interest and were looking to speak with anyone who had information about it.

The veicle is a silver Ford Falcon with a "distinctive" red bonnet.

Tauranga CIB Detective Sergeant Paul Barron said the vehicle was last seen in the late afternoon and evening around Tauranga on 11 February 2018, the night Mr Kuka was killed.

"We believe his murder is most likely connected to the death of Mongrel Mob notorious life member Lance Waite who was shot at the same location five weeks prior to Mr Kuka's death and later died from his injuries," he said.

Ford Falcon sought in David Kuka murder investigation

Photo: Supplied / NZ Police

Police said they were aware Mr Kuka was previously gang affiliated but that at the time of his death he was a devout Christian and kept to himself.

"He was a family man and looked out for his whanāu and friends.

"He was also a talented carver and craftsman and examples of his work are displayed in Tauranga."

Previously, police sought information about a silver sedan that was seen in the Greerton area. It was seen coming and going from Welcome Bay on 11 February.

"It's vital anyone with information about the two vehicles we're interested in or anyone who knows about Mr Kuka's death contacts us.

"Someone will know something and can help us bring his family some sense of closure in solving this crime."

Anyone with information can contact Detective Sergeant Paul Barron on 07 577 4384 or call the Police Ten 7 information line on 0800 107 4636.