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A homicide investigation is under way after a person died following a serious assault at the Outlaws Motorcycle Club house in the Napier suburb of Pandora.

One person was taken to Hawke’s Bay Hospital in a serious condition after the incident in Mersey St about 1.20pm on Monday.

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A police spokesman confirmed one person was assaulted by two others and had subsequently died.

Tents were being put up around a motorcycle lying on the ground near the gang pad.
John Cowpland/StuffTents were being put up around a motorcycle lying on the ground near the gang pad.

“We are actively seeking witnesses to this incident. If you have information please call 0800 555 111 or 105 and quote file number 210329/1374. This can be submitted anonymously.

“Police believe this to be an isolated incident and are following strong lines of inquiry,” he said.

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A business owner on the street who declined to be named, said she had heard the serious assault involved a car and a potential stabbing.

Police staff setting up in Mersey St after a homicide investigation was launched.
John Cowpland/StuffPolice staff setting up in Mersey St after a homicide investigation was launched.

She said the gang pad was usually “really quiet” and there had never been any incidents previously.

Police at the scene have set up tents and the street remains cordoned off.

Less than two weeks ago a community meeting about gang violence was held in Napier, hosted by National MP for Taupō Louise Upston and National’s justice spokesperson, MP Simon Bridges.

In a statement on Monday afternoon, Upston said action on gang violence in Napier was needed now.

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Upston wrote to Police Minister Poto Williams last week asking for an urgent investigation into escalating gang violence.

Earlier this month, two people were charged after shots were fired outside Napier bar Thirsty Whale on West Quay in Ahuriri, injuring two people.

A staff member of the bar suffered injuries to his groin, while another man standing outside the bar suffered injuries to his hand.

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Previously, police told Stuff that the shooting was believed to have stemmed from an earlier altercation between rival gangs who were in the West Quay Area in Ahuriri overnight.

At least 18 people have died in suspicious or homicidal circumstances in New Zealand so far in 2021.

At the same time last year there had been 20 suspected homicides. Last year’s toll closed at 69.

On average there are 67 homicides in New Zealand each year. The rate of 1.6 homicides per 100,000 people is above the OECD median of 0.95 per 100,000.

The Homicide Report’s data is provisional and may change depending on the outcome of investigations and court cases.

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