18 Aug 2009

Woman charged with murder of partner

1:50 pm on 18 August 2009

A 39-year-old woman has appeared in Whakatane District Court charged with the murder of her 33-year-old partner.

Police and ambulance staff were called to a domestic incident in the Matahi Valley near Taneatua on Monday morning where a man was reported to have been stabbed.

The man died in Tauranga Hospital last night.

Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Standen says police will be working closely with family and local residents.

Mr Standen says a team of investigators and scientists is completing a scene examination and will speak to witnesses at the remote location for the next few days.

A community magistrate has granted interim name suppression to the accused woman, who will appear before a judge on Wednesday.