Rotorua whānau lose precious tāonga after robbery

By Te Kāea
  • Waikato/Bay of Plenty
One of the tāonga stolen from Vernon and Wairuaiti's home

A Rotorua family returned home from holiday to find their house ransacked and robbed.

Among the items stolen which included their TV, Laptops and other electronic devices were very special tāonga gifted to the whānau by the Kapa Haka group Te Toka Tū o Waikato, one Heru  from the group was taken as well as another gifted from whanaunga.

Wairuaiti Tumai and Vernon Te Pou also say a taonga given to them by Vernon’s mother was taken and a Pandora bracelet gifted to their 5 year old daughter from her aunt who passed away recently and 2 Kōhanga Reo graduation tāonga were also taken.

The family say they were also disturbed to find a syringe in amongst the debris and mess that was left behind by the offenders.

Vernon Te Pou told Te Kāea while they are extremely saddened and disappointed by the loss of the precious items they are glad their family is safe and well and have a roof over their heads.

Police are investigating the incident.

Hone Haunui-Rapana is with the family today and will have more details tonight on Te Kāea at 5:30 and 7pm with subtitles.