The bodies of Trevor Waite and Glenys Stanton were found on
the bed, police confirmed yesterday, and both had been
shot. Photo / Greg Bowker
Trevor Waite and Glenys Stanton were gunned down in Mr
Waite's bedroom - but the nature and even existence of their
relationship seem as baffling to friends and family as the
identity of the pair's killer.
Police, who are still hunting for the gunman and murder
weapon, were last night working with the victims' families to
build a picture of the pair's relationship but said details
of the "nature and duration" were scarce. Friends the Herald
spoke to said they did not know of the relationship.
The bodies of Mr Waite, 51, and Ms Stanton, 47, were found in
a bedroom on his lifestyle block near Papakura at 11.20am on
Sunday by Mr Waite's daughter Kelsey, 18. It is understood
she did not recognise Ms Stanton.
Police believe the killer was known to one or both of those
And it is likely the shooter bought or borrowed the firearm
shortly before killing the couple.
A friend of Ms Stanton, Mark Hockley, who knew her from
Paihia, said last night that when he saw her earlier this
month, she was the happiest he had seen her in years.
"She looked better and happier than she had for a long time
so I don't know if it was a new job or what. I am just in
shock at the moment."
Martin Strange, Mr Waite's neighbour and president of the
Drury United Football Club, said he was a well-known and
well-liked club member. "He has a lovely personality and is a
very likeable person. He will be very missed. Trevor lived in
that house and his kids spent their time fairly evenly
between Trevor and their mother's house. There was no
animosity within the family.
"Trevor's main concern was for the kids, and both he and
[ex-wife] Nicola made sure that they got to sports and school
stuff - he partook in all of that."
Mr Waite had never mentioned Glenys, and Mr Strange and his
wife had never seen her at the house.
Detective Inspector Dave Lynch confirmed the bodies were
found "on the bed" with gunshot wounds.
"I don't believe this is a random crime ... There are
indications at the scene that the offender was known to one
or both of the victims. There is no firm suspect, we are
keeping an open mind."
Mr Waite, a senior manager for Vero Insurance, has two other
teenagers Elliott and Claudia, who live with his ex-wife in
Ms Stanton, originally from Northland, has two daughters and
her LinkedIn profile says she is a self-employed
administrator and receptionist. It is understood she spent
most of her life in Kerikeri and managed a bar in Paihia.
The bodies were to be removed from the scene last night and
autopsies are scheduled for this morning.
Police met the victims' families over several hours
Mr Lynch said investigators needed to speak to each person to
find out as much as they could about Mr Waite and Ms Stanton,
including the length of their relationship, as well as about
their associates, and security at the Ponga Rd property.
"We don't know if it was forced entry or otherwise. We need
to talk to the family about whether doors and ranchsliders
being left unlocked was common."
Mr Lynch said it was still unclear what time and day the pair
were killed. Mr Waite's last known contact with anyone was on
A large team of police photographers, searchers, forensics
staff and detectives remained at the property yesterday.
Officers carried out a meticulous search of the grounds as
well as neighbouring properties, roadsides and treelines
around the lifestyle block.
Mr Lynch said the pond in front of the house would be
He would not be drawn on the type of firearm used to kill the
couple. But he appealed for anyone who found a gun on their
property to contact police immediately.
"We are not aware that [Mr Waite] carried a firearms licence,
and we haven't found evidence he owned a firearm."
Vero spokesman Ron Burke said staff and Mr Waite's colleagues
were being supported.