Operation Skyline: Police launch homicide investigation into death of Rau Tongia

Operation Skyline: Police launch homicide investigation into death of Rau Tongia

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Police have namely appointed a new investigation named Operation Skyline, uncovering what happened to 33-year-old Rau Tongia.

It was believed that Rau died at a Percy Dyett Drive property in Wellington at around 4:30 am on Sunday, December 20.

Police were notified about the deceased body at around 8:30 am. 


A vehicle of interest that was located by Police was mentioned in the investigation. A silver Nissan Dualis SUV, registration number MTG725.

Detective Inspector Darrell Harpur says the vehicle owners were spoken to by Police. “At around the time of Rau’s death, this vehicle along with possibly a dark coloured small hatchback type car, was seen leaving Percy Dyett Drive,” he said.

CCTV captured both vehicles in the Karori Central Business District (CVD) on Karori Road heading towards Wellington City a short time later.

The Operation Skyline investigation team are actively looking for anyone who has information relating to the two vehicles driving in convoy at the time on Karori Road at around 4:44 am.

“Anyone who was driving in this area, or the greater Wellington city area between 4 am – 6 am on Sunday 20 December who has dashcam footage and may have driven past these vehicles is urged to contact the investigation team,” Darrell Harpur said.

Information can be passed on to Police by calling 105 and quoting file number 201220/8063. You can also pass on information anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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