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Fatally shot hunter from Te Kaha

THE hunter killed in the shooting accident on Wednesday night in the Te Kaha area was a father, an experienced hunter and well known in the Te Kaha area.

Police yesterday named him as 27-year-old Carlos Tauhou Ngamoki. He had a pre-school-aged son. Mr Ngamoki was on a hunt with two companions in bush behind his family homestead when a firearm one of them was carrying accidentally discharged.

He died of the gunshot injury at the scene. He has been described as an experienced hunter who “knew what he was doing”.

Gun went off when man slippedOne of his aunts told Radio New Zealand the trio had been attempting to retrieve a deer they had shot when one of them slipped, causing the gun to go off.

“The circumstances were tragic and had been very hard for his hunting companions,” she said.

His body was brought out of the bush at about midday yesterday and taken to Auckland for a post-mortem examination. The aunt said the family held a karakia for him before he was taken away.

“It was very upsetting and moving and emotional,” she told Radio New Zealand.

Mr Ngamoki was born and bred at Te Kaha. His family said he had returned to the area earlier this year after living in Australia for a while.

Police have an inquiry under way and carried out an examination of the accident scene yesterday. The Herald understands Mr Ngamoki’s body was to be released to his family some time today and he would be taken to the Te Kaha marae for his tangi.

He is the second victim of a hunting accident in New Zealand in less than week. Eleven-year-old Connor Phillips was fatally shot on Sunday in the Rotorua area.