The ex-pat Kiwi stabbed in a violent attack at Waihi Beach on New Year’s Day has died as the police search for clues turns into a homicide enquiry.
The Queensland-based man died from his injuries at Waikato Hospital this afternoon after spending days in the hospital’s intensive care unit.
Waikato police have called in reinforcements from neighbouring districts as they ramp up their investigation, Eastern Waikato Area Commander, Inspector Dana McDonald, said.
"We’re grateful staff from outside the district who were working here on summer policing have put their hand up to stay on to assist with our investigation just as we are pleased to see additional staff coming over today".
He was also grateful for people who have contacted police after seeing appeals for information in the media or from passing the temporary Waihi Beach Police station opposite the crime scene on the corner of Beach and Oceanview Roads.
Mr McDonald said investigators had received "lot of information" from the public, but said they were still keen to hear from anyone who may have seen something happen around 25 Beach Rd about 1am on Tuesday morning.
"We’re still very keen to hear from anyone who may have taken images on their cellphones, iPads, iPods or other technology, of people celebrating New Year’s around the surf club, camping ground, Beach Rd, Hinemoa Rd and Oceanview Rd between 12.30-1.30am on that day."
He called for anyone with images to email them to Thames@police.govt.nz, along with consent to use them as part of the ongoing investigation.
"Given the advantages of modern technology it wasn’t inconceivable that with the public behind us, police could identify through images provided from the public, the majority of people present in the area around the time of the attack."
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