Source: New Zealand Police – Police continue to progress homicide investigation

Friday, 13 March 2015 – 3:52pm

As the second anniversary of the fatal shooting of George Taiaroa approaches next week, police are still actively investigating his murder and continue to make progress.

Mr Taiaroa was killed on 19 March, 2013 while working at a road construction site in Atiamuri.

Detective Inspector Tim Anderson said: “New Zealand Police has an excellent record of early resolution in homicide investigations. Every now and then we face an investigation of greater complexity that requires extra patience and tenacity. The passing of time doesn’t lower our resolve; if anything it increases our determination, and the team remains committed to bringing the man responsible for the murder of Mr Taiaroa to justice.

“Work has been ongoing to identify and pursue new avenues and forensic possibilities, and we continually review the wealth of information we have gathered to ensure no opportunities are missed. In the last 12 months we have also undertaken some work with law enforcement experts overseas. In order to protect the integrity of the investigation I can’t comment on the nature of that work, but it is fair to say we have made some progress.”

Two years on, nothing has diverted police away from its theory behind the murder and there remains one prime suspect.

Police know from experience that people can hold on to snippets of information because they don’t consider it relevant. That information may in fact be very valuable and it is never too late to pass it on.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Taupo Police on 07 378 6060. Information can also be provided anonymously to the organisation Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Police will not be facilitating media interviews.

Media enquiries should be referred to Communications Manager Kim Perks on 027 234 8256.

Selwyn Manning, BCS (Hons.) MCS (Hons.) is an investigative political journalist with 23 years media experience. He specializes in reportage and analysis of socioeconomics, politics, foreign affairs, and security/intelligence issues. Selwyn has extensive experience as a commentator and has provided live political analysis to a wide range of television and radio organizations broadcasting in New Zealand, Australia and globally including the BBC (Five Live, London) and BBC (World Service). He is currently a correspondent to Australia's FiveAA radio, and is a regular live-on-air panelist on Radio New Zealand's The Panel with broadcaster Jim Mora.