Police divers have joined the search for evidence after an Opunake man was stabbed to death six days ago.
Family and friends of Desroe Mare Bishop, 37, have already gathered at Opunake's Orimupiko Marae for his tangi today at 11am.
Police say Mr Bishop was fatally stabbed at his Opunake home in the early hours of last Thursday.
His young son ran to relatives for help but Mr Bishop was unable to be saved.
Yesterday, the officer in charge of the murder investigation, Detective Inspector Keith Borrell, said that the dive squad from Wellington was searching a small stream and culvert near Mr Bishop's home in Gisborne Tce which flows through to Domett St.
Mr Borrell would not confirm whether police had discovered the weapon used in the alleged stabbing but said a number of items of interest had been found and would now be forensically examined.
A specialist search squad, also from Wellington, had already been checking the frontages of properties near the Gisborne Tce home and at a second house, on Allison St, where a suspect was arrested.
In the meantime, the homicide investigation, on which 20 staff were working, was progressing well, he said.
Police had earlier called for anyone who saw anything between 4am and 6am on the day of the stabbing - Thursday, September 5 - to contact them.
As a result some people had come forward, Mr Borrell said.
"We have spoken to people during that time. We have made really good progress.
"The townsfolk have been really helpful."
Mr Bishop's post-mortem examination was completed at Palmerston North on Saturday morning and he was now at the marae, Mr Borrell said.
The family had asked for privacy, funeral director Brian Darth said yesterday. Following the funeral, Mr Bishop is to be interred at the family urupa at Witiora Rd, Oaonui.
Shiloh Dallas Mareikura, 33, was arrested by the armed offenders squad in Opunake about 9am the morning of the stabbing and charged with Mr Bishop's murder.
He was remanded in custody by consent until September 20.
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