Update on Matakana Island investigation

Update on Matakana Island investigation

Bay of Plenty

Attribute to Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Craig Rawlinson

Police are now able to name the 22-year-old male who died on Matakana Island on New Year’s Day.

He was Freedom James Te Patu Taikato, of Matakana Island.

The family have requested privacy as they are going through a traumatic time at the moment. They ask media to respect this request and not contact them.

The homicide investigation is on-going with teams continuing to work on Matakana Island and in Tauranga.


Issued by Police Media Centre