A man who died after a suspected stabbing in Taupo early this
morning was found by a security guard on his way home.
Senjo Security director Leon Rihia said the guard and another
staff member saw the man lying there and stopped to see what
was going on.
Mr Rihia said the guard didn't know what had happened when he
stopped and was "a bit freaked out".
The guard said the victim's girlfriend was "right there".
"He couldn't get nothing out of her. She was just standing
there bawling her eyes out," he told the Rotorua Daily Post
The man who died is yet to be named but was 19 and lived in
Taupo. He died on the way to hospital.
Police said the incident was believed to have occurred about
The man is believed to have been stabbed but a post-mortem
will need to be carried out to ascertain the exact cause of
The scene was this morning cordoned off with tents put up to
protect the area from the poor weather conditions.
Police and ESR will be carrying out a forensic examination of
the scene and area inquiries are ongoing.
Area Commander Inspector Steve Bullock said: "Although it is
very early into the investigation and there is still a lot of
work to be done, we are confident at this stage that it is an
isolated incident and I want to provide assurances that there
is no public safety risk to the wider community."
Daily Post reporter Rebecca Malcolm, who is at the scene,
said the incident occurred at a residential area near the
She said Rifle Range Rd was closed between Tamatea Rd and
One police officer is stationed at one cordon and security
guards are on another. There is a smaller cordon within that
road block around the street corner where the incident
A Taupo resident who does not want to be named but lives less
than 100m from the scene said she often heard drunken people
down the street.
She heard some noisy people in the street early this morning
but dismissed it because it was so common.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Taupo police on
07 378 6060 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.
Police will be issuing more information about midday.