Source: New Zealand Police – Elderly man recovering after home invasion

Police are appealing for information to identity a group of men who robbed an elderly man in his Tokoroa home last night (Sunday, 19 April).

The man in his 70s answered a knock at his door at approximately 8.30pm. Three men, wearing hoodies and bandanas covering their faces, pushed their way inside where they made demands for money and tried to disconnect a Sky box. They left a short time later and at this stage it appears only the man’s phone is missing.

The victim went to a neighbour’s address and contacted the police. He suffered a number of minor injuries and a possible fracture during the incident and is currently under observation in hospital.

Police will be speaking to the victim further to establish in more detail what occurred inside the house and how he obtained his injuries.

In the meantime police want to hear from anyone in the Manaia Street and Stanley Street areas of Tokoroa last night who may have seen or heard anything suspicious. The victim heard a vehicle start up as they left the house, so there may have been a fourth person waiting outside the address in a vehicle.

Anyone with information about this incident or those responsible are asked to contact Tokoroa Police on 07 885 0100. Information can also be provided anonymously to the organisation Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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.