Police continue to investigate after the death of a man in Whakatāne on Sunday night.
According to Police, initial indications suggest there was a gang-related disorder incident before the man died.
"We are committed to establishing what has occurred and locating those responsible for his death," says Detective Inspector Lew Warner.
Police express they would like to speak to anyone who was in the Ruatoki area and saw or heard anything suspicious between 9 and 9:45pm.
"We would also like to hear from anyone with dashcam footage in the area at the time," Warner says.
"Police have obtained a Gang Conflict Warrant under the Search and Surveillance Act and will not be tolerating any retaliatory gang-behaviour,"
"Police will be maintaining a highly visible presence in the area, with extra staff arriving from other districts to support the investigation." Warner says.
A forensic post-mortem was due to take place today.
Anyone who has information that may help are asked to please contact Police on 105, either by phone or https://www.police.govt.nz/use-105 and using 'Update Report', referencing file number 231211/5404.
Alternatively, information can be passed to Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-nz.org