Homicide investigation launched after serious assault, Hawke’s Bay

Police can confirm a 22-year-old woman has died following a serious assault in Hastings last Thursday, and a homicide investigation has been launched.

The woman died Sunday afternoon, and a number of people are assisting Police with their enquiries.

As part of these inquiries, Police need to speak to 26-year-old Ranapera Taumata.

Taumata has a warrant to arrest, and Police have concerns for his wellbeing.

Police request any information on his whereabouts. Police also appeal to Taumata to come forward.

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