A dramatic spike in violent crimes around the country has
seen police launch 13 homicide enquiries in the past month.
From Kaitaia in the far north to Oamaru in Otago, 10
suspected murders or manslaughters have been hit. Detectives
have also launched homicide inquiries in three cold cases.
Four suspected murders in three days have more than 100
police officers across the country working on them.
Charges have also been laid in three other attempted murder
But police are denying their resources are being stretched.
"The individual police districts are well resourced and
staffed," a Police National Headquarters spokesman said.
"People are trained and experienced in dealing with these
matters and dealing with them in a way that's as efficiently
and as quickly as possible."
There was no pattern to when and where murders would take
place, he added.
"Sometimes you'll get a spate and other times there'll be
nothing, they depend on the individual circumstances of the
Canterbury University criminologist Greg Breetzke said the
high number of homicides in such a short time was "highly
He said it could partly be blamed on the warm winter the
country has been experiencing - with more crimes committed in
the warmer months.
"In warmer months you're more likely to be drinking and
socialising, and the one kind of thing you want for that
crime to occur is for two people to interact and the more
interaction, the more likelihood there will be for a crime
There were 42 murders last year, and 39 the year before.
Over the past 10 years, there has been an average of just
over 55 murders per year.
Sept 13 - Rangiora man Tony Lochhead was killed and his
brother injured after an altercation at their home on White
Sept 12 - Edward Tahakura was found dead on Otaki Beach. A
24-year-old man has been charged in relation to the homicide.
Sept 11 - Otago farmer Justin McFarlane was found dead in his
Elderslie home. An 18-year-old has been charged with the
Sept 11 - A woman was stabbed to death and her husband
critically injured when they were attacked in their West
Auckland home. A 34-year-old has been charged with murder and
Sept 5 - Taranaki man Desroe Bishop was fatally stabbed at
his property in Opunake. A 33-year-old has been charged with
Sept 4 - Homeless man Steven Harris was killed in Myers Park
in central Auckland. A 49-year-old has been arrested and
charged with his murder.
Aug 25 - Glenys Stanton and Travor Waite were fatally shot at
Mr Waite's Opaheke home. A former friend of Stanton, John
Mowatt, who police wanted to speak with in connection with
the deaths, shot himself days later.
August 21 Georgina Manuel was run over in Kaitaia. A
45-year-old plasterer, Viliami One Fungavaka has been charged
August 18 - Israel Jack dies after being run over while
walking home in Rotorua. Police are treating the incident as
Sept 13 - Two men were critically injured after being shot in
Kawerau. Three people have appeared in court charged with the
Sept 7 - Sergeant Simon Tate was punched, kicked and had his
head stomped after stopping a vehicle in Otara. A 36-year-old
has been charged with attempted murder.
Sept 2 - Police have charged a woman with attempted murder
after her 3-week-old baby was critically injured in
Cold case homicide inquiries
Simon Garrick, 42, of Central Otago - has not been seen since
October 2012 and police now believe he is dead.
Leo Lipp-Neighbours - a tip-off from the public has led
police to believe "another person's actions" resulted in the
Nelson teenager's disappearance in 2010.
Do Trieu - a homicide investigation was launched last week
after police received a new lead in the Wellington taxi
driver's 2008 disappearance.