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Porirua man charged with murder near Te Kaha last year

News from NZ Police
Police have today arrested a Porirua man and charged him with the murder of Don Henry Turei Junior.

Mr Turei was killed in a crash on State Highway 35, opposite the Raukokere Marae, near Te Kaha, on November 26th 2016.

The 39-year-old man will appear in Wellington District Court today.

This comes after a 32-year-old man and 33-year-old man were arrested earlier this year and charged with being an accessory after the fact of murder, in relation to the death of Mr Turei.

“This has been a trying time for the family of Mr Turei and we hope that this additional arrest will help to bring relief to his whanau,” says Detective Inspector Lew Warner, Bay of Plenty Field Crime Manager.

“I would like to acknowledge the Police team who have worked tirelessly on this investigation over the last year, and thank the members of the community who contacted us and provided information which assisted with our inquiry.”

Police are still investigating and welcome any further information which may assist with this case. Please contact Bay of Plenty Police on 07 349 9554 if you can help, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

News from NZ Police – 22 December 2016
The investigation into the fatal crash on 26 November causing the death of Don Henry Turei Junior has been upgraded to a homicide investigation.

Detective Inspector Lew Warner says witness accounts and forensic examinations of the scene and Mr Turei’s motorbike clearly show this was a deliberate act.

“We believe Mr Turei was purposefully hit by a white Honda Odyssey-type van, which immediately left the scene of the crash,” says Mr Warner. “We are continuing to seek information and sightings of a white Honda Odyssey in the Raukokere area on 25-26 November.

“The burnt out vehicle was found near the banks of the Raukokore River not far from where Mr Turei died. We know someone out there will have information on who may have committed this crime.”