Police hunt gang member after firearms found
Drugs and loaded firearms were discovered when police searched the home of a wanted and violent gang member in the Hutt Valley.
Tama Michael Rawhiti, 26, was last seen on Friday - the same day police raided his home.
Detective Sergeant Christiaan Barnard said Rawhiti had been out of prison for about a week, after serving time for family violence. A parole recall warrant was issued after the discovery of the loaded firearms and drugs at his home.
Rawhiti was last seen in Upper Hutt. At that time he was wearing a gang patch, although police would not specify what gang he belonged to.
"He is a dangerous individual. We have concerns and want to locate him reasonably soon,'' Mr Barnard said. "We have reason to believe there's a strong likelihood of him carrying a firearm."
He had contacts in the Hutt Valley, Wanganui, Palmerston North and Dannevirke. It was believed he wa travelling with his partner, Marama Chapman.
"I would encourage any friends or family with information to come forward and speak to police.''
Mr Barnard warned people should not approach Rawhiti.
Anybody with information should contact Lower Hutt police on 04 560 2600, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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