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Man Due In Whakatāne District Court Charged With Murder Of Ōpōtiki man, Steven Taiatini

A man is due in court today charged with the murder of Ōpōtiki man, Steven Taiatini last year.

Steven Taiatini was fatally struck by a vehicle on Ōpōtiki's Saint John Street, following an altercation late on the evening of Friday 9 June, 2023.

"A 50-year-old man is due in the Whakatāne District Court today charged with Mr Taiatini’s murder," a Police spokesperson says.

"This man had previously been charged with perverting the course of justice,"

"A 19-year-old man and a 41-year-old man remain before the courts on other charges in relation to the ongoing homicide investigation," the spokesperson says.

Police say they are still interested in hearing from anyone with information that may be useful about what happened.

Anyone with information can contact 105 – either by calling or online at ‘Update Report’ and reference file number 230610/2652.

Information can also be provided anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at

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