A 15-year-old boy made the shock discovery of his mother's
body after a violent attack at their Tawa home yesterday.
Amanda Dawn Taufale, 33, died at her Sunrise Boulevard home
shortly before 8am.
Police charged a 38-year-old man with her murder late last
Ms Taufale lived with her 15-year-old son Liam, who she had
with separated husband David Taufale, and a six-month-old
baby she had with her boyfriend, who also lived at the house.
Police said both children were at home at the time of what
they say was "a violent death".
Ms Taufale's mother-in-law, Sera Taufale, this morning said
her grandson Liam had found his mother.
The news of her death had come as a shock.
"When the detective told me that sad thing happened, I felt
like screaming my head off," Mrs Taufale said.
Amanda and David Taufale separated a long time ago but she
remained close to her in-laws.
"We all get along with Amanda, she's a very kind-hearted
woman. And every rugby game her son goes to, every game she's
there. And she always comes and meets with us."
David Taufale is returning from Australia to be with his
family this afternoon.
The officer in charge of the homicide investigation,
Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Oxnam, said last night's
arrest would come as a relief to Ms Taufale's family.
"The investigation team is still working hard to understand
the exact events leading up to Amanda's death. At this stage,
we are not looking for anyone else in connection with her
A neighbour whose home overlooks the Sunrise Boulevard
property said she heard a bang about 7.40am yesterday.
The woman, who did not give her name, said it sounded like a
car backing into another car, but she had the television on
and could not be sure.
Another neighbour said her neighbours - who she did not know
- had not ever been a problem.
Mr Oxnam yesterday said he did not know if police had been
called to the Sunrise Boulevard home in the past.
A post mortem examination will be carried out today.
Police are still appealing for anyone who saw a late model
blue Toyota Hatchback, registration GMB108, to come forward.
Officers this morning spoke to commuters at Takapu Railway
Station, seeking sightings of the car and its occupants since
- Matthew Backhouse and Hana Garrett-Walker of APNZ