Police have released footage of a mystery man they want to speak to who may have valuable information about the hit-and-run that killed an Auckland teenage skateboarder.

Waitakere police say they want to speak to the person captured in CCTV footage outside a block of shops hours before Jacob Pakura was killed on a Glen Eden street nearly a fortnight ago.

The 16-year-old died after being struck by a car on Rua Rd around midnight on January 14.

A 33-year-old West Auckland man has been charged with dangerous driving causing death, failing to stop and ascertain injury or death after a crash, and dangerous driving.


Police said they were keen to find out who the man walking on the footpath was but emphasised he was not wanted for any wrongdoing.

They said he was not the person charged over the teen's death and did not believe he had committed any crime.

However, they believed the man might have valuable information that would help the investigation into the circumstances leading to Jacob's death.

Waitakere Police investigating the death of Jacob Pakura in Glen Eden on the night of 14 January 2017 are looking to establish the identity of and speak to the male pictured in this CCTV video. To be clear this male is NOT the person who has been arrested and charged in relation to Jacob’s death, and police do not believe the person pictured has committed any offences. However, police believe he may have valuable information which will assist the police investigation into the circumstances prior to Jacob’s death. As this matter is currently before the courts, we are unable to go into any further detail. If you are this person, or you know who this person is, please make contact with Detective Sergeant Ash Matthews of the Waitakere CIB on 09 213 9747 or 0211907382. Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Posted by Waitemata Police on Thursday, 26 January 2017

Anyone who recognised the man was asked to call Detective Sergeant Ash Matthews on (09) 213 9747 or 0211907382.