A Hamilton man has been charged with murder after the body of
a 30-year-old Huntly man was found on Otaki Beach.
Police have today identified the man as Edward Tahakura.
He was discovered at the by a member of the public on
"A post mortem has been completed and officers are working
with the Coroner in order to have Edward's body returned to
his family," Detective Senior Sergeant Craig Sheridan said.
A 24-year-old man will appear in Hamilton District Court
today after he was arrested late last night in Hamilton in
relation to Mr Tahakura's death.
"The police investigation will be on-going as we speak to
Edward's family and friends, and the man charged with his
murder," Mr Sheridan said.
"We will be establishing why Edward and the man were at Otaki
Beach. Outside of this I cannot discuss any aspects of our
homicide investigation any further."
The scene examination at the beach was now completed.
"I want to thank the Otaki community and local media for
their assistance in our area inquires," Mr Sheridan said.