The families of Trevor Waite and Glenys Stanton have appealed
for their killer to come forward.
Mr Waite and Ms Stanton 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
At a press conference this afternoon, Mr Waite's good family
friend Ivan Gillatt spoke on behalf of the father of three's
He said Mr Waite was a caring and kind man who was devoted to
"Anyone that knew Trevor, knew he could be trusted," he said.
He said Mr Waite's family were devastated but had a lot of
support from family and friends.
Ms Stanton's brother in law John Kenyon described her as
bubbly and sociable.
"She lived life to the full. Unfortunately her life was cut
short," he said.
Both men urged whoever was responsible for the deaths or
anyone with information to come forward.
They also asked for privacy or the grieving families.
In a statement today, police said the victims were believed
to have met through an outdoor enthusiast's website, with a
shared interest in hiking and mountain biking.
Forensic work at the scene was continuing and a pond at the
front to the property was to be drained today in the search
Officers were also in the process of interviewing the
victims' friends, family and associates, while post mortems
were expected to be carried out on both bodies today.
Detective Inspector Dave Lynch has previously 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,'' he said.
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.