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Second Person Arrested & Charged Following Death Of Ōpōtiki's Steven Taiatini

Police have arrested and charged a second person with murder following the death of Steven Taiatini in Ōpōtiki last year.

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

"A 38-year-old woman is due to appear in the Whakatāne District Court today on charges of murder," says Detective Sergeant David Sara, Eastern Bay of Plenty CIB.

"Police have remained dedicated to finding answers and holding those responsible to account for both Steven’s death and the violent incidents which surrounded it,"

"The investigation continues and Police remain interested in hearing from anyone with information that may be useful to us about what happened," Sara says.

You 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 Crime Stoppers New Zealand (

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