24 Apr 2024

Hāwera homicide: Victim named as Whatitiri Whakaruru

5:23 pm on 24 April 2024
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Photo: RNZ / Angus Dreaver

The man who died in Hāwera on Monday has been named as 26-year-old Whatitiri Whakaruru.

Police launched a homicide investigation following Whakaruru's death and a 46-year-old has been arrested.

In a statement Detective Senior Sergeant Debbie Gower said police were supporting Whakaruru's family during this "distressing" time and offered their "sincere condolences".

"Police and forensic scientists are continuing with the scene examination.

"While we are not seeking anyone else in relation to his death we are seeking any information which can assist our investigation."

Gower said police wanted to hear from anyone who may have seen anything on Gladstone Road on Monday between 9.30pm and 11pm.

"Anyone with information is asked to call 105, or make a report online at 105.police.govt.nz, clicking 'Update Report'.

"Please reference the file number 240423/5202.

"Information can also be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.