FAVONA,NZ: Counties Manukau Police have named the victim of an apparent shooting incident at Favona as 57-year-old Meliame Fisi’ihoi.
Mrs Fisi’ihoi was located deceased at a property on Calthorp Close in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Search for her killer continues.
Police said they have since completed a thorough scene examination at the address.
A post-mortem examination has also been completed.
The victim’s identity was officially released this afternoon after police launched a homicide investigation following a report of a person hearing what they believed was a gunshot noise near the address.
Police previously said it’s too early to speculate whether this incident is linked to another shooting on the same street last month on December 4, where a man was left critically injured.
Acting Detective Inspector Shaun Vickers said there was no doubt that the incident is of concern to residents in Favona and wider community.
“In recent days our Communities staff have been speaking with key partners in the community to address any concerns they may have.
“Our team of detectives are continuing their work and will be following a number of lines of enquiry in the coming days.
“At this stage of our enquiry we are still unable to speculate whether an earlier incident on Calthorp Close is connected to this investigation or not.”
A friend of the deceased told Kaniva news Mrs Fisi’ihoi and her family lived in Gisborne before they moved to south Auckland.
Fine Lātū, who was shocked by the news, said Mrs Fisi’ihoi was a person of good character and loving others.
She said Mrs Fisi’ihoi helped Tongans who came to New Zealand to find jobs for them.