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Woman charged with murder in Karori, now in custody

News from NZ Police
A woman appeared in the Wellington District Court today, charged with murder in relation to the death of Rau Tongia who was shot dead in Karori on 20 December.

The investigation is still active and Police would still like to hear from anyone who has information which may assist.

Anyone who witnessed or heard anything suspicious in the early hours of 20 December who has not yet spoken to Police is urged to do so on 105, quoting file number 201220/8063. Police are not ruling out the possibility of further charges.

Report from RNZ
When the woman appeared in court in Wellington today, she was granted interim name suppression. Her lawyer asked that she not be named until she had had a mental health and substance abuse assessment, which Judge Mill granted. She was remanded in custody until her next court appearance on 12 February.

A 20-year-old woman also appeared today charged with being an accessory after the fact to murder, accused of hiding the firearm. She was also granted interim name suppression and remanded in custody until 12 February.

News from NZ Police – January 20
Wellington Police have recovered a firearm that they believe may be linked to the homicide of Rau Tongia in Karori on 20 December. The firearm was recovered during a search warrant in Wilton earlier this month. It is undergoing forensic analysis.

News from NZ Police – January 15
Police would like to speak to 35-year-old Pania Waaka, who may have information that can assist Police investigating the homicide in Karori on 20 December.

She is believed to be travelling between the Wellington, Whanganui and Hastings areas.

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