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Source: New Zealand Police (District News)

Attributable to Detective Inspector Al Symonds, Whangarei CIB:

Police have arrested two people following the death of 24-year-old Teina Pickering in Ruakaka on Thursday 12 October.

A 29-year-old man was arrested yesterday (Saturday 14 October) and appeared in Whangarei District Court on a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm.

He has been remanded in custody and is due to reappear on Tuesday 17 October.

Another man, aged 28 , was arrested this morning and charged with weapons and  firearms related offences.

He is due to appear in Whangarei District Court tomorrow (Monday 16 October).

Police are continuing to investigate Mr Pickering’s death as a homicide and while we are not seeking anyone else at this time, further charges are likely.

Police continue to ask anyone with information who has not yet spoken to us to please get in touch.

You can contact us via our 105 phone service or online at

Please reference file number 231012/4721.

As this matter is now before the court, Police are limited in providing further information. 


Issued by the Police Media Centre