Man charged over the death of Lee Rata

  • Northland

A 22-year-old man has been arrested over the death of Lee Rata and has appeared in the Whangarei District Court today.

Mr Rata was seriously assaulted in Kaitaia on New Year’s Eve and died from his injuries in Whangarei Hospital the next day..

22 staff, including five from the Waikato, Counties Manukau, Auckland and Waitematä Districts are working on the inquiry.

Detective Inspector Kevin Burke says "Police would like to thank the Kaitaia community for the information they have provided, which has led to this arrest.

The investigation continues as we establish exactly what has occurred and if any other people are involved.

The family of Mr Rata is very pleased with the progress so far."