Police have confirmed the man who shot himself in the
Woodhill Mountain Bike park was a former partner of Glenys
Counties Manukau district commander superintendent John Tims
told media he that although the armed offenders squad was
only 50 metres away from the man when he shot himself, he
didn't believe the man was aware that police were closing in
Ms Stanton was shot alongside Trevor Waite at his Opaheke
house at the weekend.
Mr Tims said police were interested in talking to a number of
suspects yesterday and they found and spoke to some of them.
One "in particular, a male Caucasian, aged 51, unemployed
from Waimauku, we could not find yesterday afternoon, but at
about 9pm last night we did get phone calls from a friend and
family members of this male saying that he was in a
distressed state, he was unstable and that he was in
possession of a firearm.
"He also made comments that you could infer he was talking
about the homicide in Ponga Rd.
"Police went to find him, and a patrol from the shore located
his vehicle - a black Ford Falcon - in Woodhill Forest.
"AOS members were deployed to the scene, along with [the
police helicopter] Eagle,'' Mr Tims said.
"Eagle located this male, AOS members cordoned and contained
the area ... before they could contact this male on his
cellphone, he shot himself.''
The North Shore CIB were conducting a scene investigation at
the forest, Mr Tims said.
Police were also investigating the dead man's car.
A post mortem examination on the man is expected to be
carried out later today.
"I can say that there is a strong inference that the male in
the forest has some connection to the homicide in Ponga Rd -
that is based on his actions, behaviour and comments that he
has made to people.
"There is a lot of investigative work that needs to be done
to cement that inference into evidence,'' Mr Tims said.
The coroner and Independent Police Conduct Authority have
been informed of the death.
A gun had been recovered from the forest, but police were yet
to confirm whether it was the same one used to kill Glenys
Stanton and Trevor Waite.
No shots were fired by police at Woodhill forest last night,
Mr Tims said.
Website links investigated
Police are also speaking to people the murdered couple met
through a website for outdoor enthusiasts.
The Herald can reveal that in June, Ms Stanton introduced a
boyfriend to friends she had made through the meetup.com
Two months later, she died alongside another man - Mr Waite,
The 47-year-old divorcee had recently begun a new job as a
flight attendant for Air New Zealand and was making a fresh
start, seeking new friends and challenges.
She met Mr Waite a couple of months ago at an event for
people who enjoy hiking and mountain biking, organised
through meetup.com, which connects interest groups.
Over the weekend, the two were shot dead in the bedroom of Mr
Waite's lifestyle block home in Papakura.
They were found by Mr Waite's 18-year-old daughter Kelsey
about 11.20am on Sunday. Police said they died of gunshot
wounds sometime between Friday night and Sunday morning.
Evidence found at the scene indicated the shooter was known
to one or both victims but police refused to elaborate.
Meetup.com member Cristina Johnson, told the Herald Ms
Stanton cycled the Timber Trail in Pureora Forest Park, near
Taupo, at Queen's Birthday Weekend with a man she told her
and other riders was her boyfriend.
Another member, David Griffiths, said he met Ms Stanton and a
tall, blond man she called her boyfriend at a house party in
Waiuku during another weekend in June.
Mr Griffiths said meetup.com groups were social but not
"sleazy", though sometimes members dated each other.
"We are all adults and if someone is single and you're single
..." he said.
When the Herald told inquiry head Detective Inspector Dave
Lynch of a recent boyfriend and asked if he could comment, he
said: "Any male acquaintances of hers will be spoken to as
part of the investigation."
Ms Stanton and Mr Waite were both members of two interest
groups on the site, including South Auckland Gatherings
(SAGS), which has 187 members.
Jane Buckley, who runs SAGS and has organised events attended
by both victims, said she was "speaking to the police about
Mr Waite joined meetup.com in September last year, and Ms
Stanton in April this year. In her profile Ms Stanton said
she was "young at heart" and enjoyed keeping fit and
challenging herself. Mr Waite said he had joined for "meeting
new people and motivation to get out on new [mountain bike]
trails a bit more".
Mr Lynch said the couple's friends and associates would also
be spoken to. Officers would also examine texts, emails and
online activity for both victims.
Police met the victims' families on Monday night to glean
more information, including how long they had known each
other and the nature of their relationship.
Mr Lynch said it had appeared they had known each other for
"a couple of months", but police were still working on
building a clearer picture. He did not know if either victim
had a partner.
Ms Stanton's employer, Air NZ, refused to comment and
directed staff not to speak to media.
Mr Waite was a senior manager for Vero Insurance and had been
with the company for 15 years. The company said that out of
respect for the victims' families, it did not want to
Members of both families attended a police press conference
yesterday, where statements were read on their behalf.
From friends and family
- Statement read by Ivan Gillatt, close friend of Trevor
Trevor was a devoted father to his family of two daughters
and one son. Trevor was a quiet, caring, kind man and family
and friends are shocked and devastated. From his parents:
Trevor was a wonderful son that we are very proud of. From
his children: He was a good dad who was always there for us
and supported us in everything we did. From his brother and
sister: Trevor was a great brother and we loved him very
- Statement read by John Kenyon, Glenys Stanton's
We are shocked to learn of the tragic circumstances of Glenys
and Trevor's passing. Glenys leaves behind two grown
daughters and three grandchildren. She was a beautiful person
on the inside and out. She was a wonderful mother and friend
to those who knew her. She was the kind of person who made
the most of every opportunity and lived life to the full.
- Morgan Taite and Anna Leask, NZ Herald