Police are treating the violent deaths of a man and woman at
a south Auckland property as a homicide and are seeking a
The bodies of a 50-year-old male and an unidentified woman
were found at a Papakura address yesterday.
At a press conference today, police confirmed that they were
treating the deaths at the semi-rural Ponga Road property as
Police were unable to formally release the names of the
couple who were found dead amid signs of violence yesterday
morning but it was believed the man was 51-year-old Trevor
Waite who lived at the property, as reported earlier, and
47-year-old Glenys Stanton of Mt Eden.
"Families of both are understandably shocked and upset by the
tragic events. The two deceased were known to each other but
police are working with family and associates of the two
victims to try to establish the nature and duration of their
relationship," said Detective Inspector Dave Lynch of
Counties Manukau police.
Mr Waite had two teenage daughters and a teenage son from a
previous relationship and Ms Stanton had two daughters.
There was no indication either Mr Waite or Ms Stanton was
involved in any illegal activity or that the scene was
associated with any.
Police would not speculate on a motive but there were
indications it was not a random event and that the offender
or offenders were known to one or both of the victims.
There was no indication that burglary was a motive.
Police said yesterday they believed a firearm may have been
used and today said a weapon had not been located.
Police wanted to talk to anyone who had recently found, sold
or loaned a firearm to anyone in suspicious circumstances.
Police were working to establish timeframes of interest but
were seeking public assistance in sightings of people or
vehicles in the area of Ponga Rd and Coalmine Rd in Drury
from Friday afternoon to Sunday morning, and anyone who had
any information about either Mr Waite or Ms Stanton.
Officers worked through the night at the scene on Ponga Rd.
The house is still surrounded by tape.
A vehicle parked at the perimeter of the property has also
been taped off as a separate crime scene.
Police officers are scouring the area for clues, poking
through bush and scrub in a bid to find much-needed evidence.
It is understood they may be searching for a firearm.
The man and woman were discovered yesterday by the man's
daughter, who stayed at the property overnight but did not
notice anything unusual when she arrived home.
When her father did not get up on Sunday she went on check on
him and made the grisly discovery.
Mr Lynch said the pair died violently but it was yet to be
established whether a third person was involved.
Police said yesterday the owner of the house was overseas and
the dead man was a tenant at the address.
The current occupant is listed as Trevor Waite.
Large tarpaulins have been erected at the house covering much
of the deck, assumed lot outside the bedroom were the bodies
Police are also searching neighbouring properties and have
placed orange crime scene markers at various places in the
- additional reporting by APNZ