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Police Link Burnt Vehicle To Steven Taiatini's Death

Police have released new details on the ongoing homicide investigation into the death of Steven Taiatini.

The burnt-out vehicle previously located on Waitohe Valley Road has now been identified as a silver Holden Colorado 4x4.

"The investigation team believe this vehicle is likely to have been involved in the death of Taiatini," Detective Inspector Lew Warner says.

"Taiatini sustained fatal injuries which are consistent with having been hit by a vehicle."

Police are appealing for anyone with information about Taiatini’s death, no matter how insignificant they think it might be, to come forward.

Police have expressed they are particularly interested in hearing from anyone who saw a silver Holden Colorado 4x4 in the Ōpōtiki area on the evening of June 9th.

"We know there were several people who saw what occurred and know what happened on the night Steven died and we urge them to come forward." Warner says.

Information can be shared via 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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