9 Nov 2011

Police seek gang member over assault

8:48 pm on 9 November 2011

South Waikato police are warning the public not to approach a gang member wanted in connection with what they say was a violent domestic dispute in Tokoroa on Sunday.

Kelly Te Aroha Smith, a patched Mongrel Mob member, allegedly assaulted his partner.

The police say Mr Smith, 43, has an extensive criminal history, much of it for violent offending, and has access to firearms and has threatened to use them.

The armed offenders squad, assisted by the police Eagle helicopter, searched a Waiterimu property in North Waikato on Monday morning, but failed to find him.

He is described as a solidly built Maori, 176 centimetres tall.

He has a distinctive bulldog tattoo on his forehead with the letter M and a Maori design on his neck.