On a wet August night Ihimaera Takimoana, an elderly Northlander, heard footsteps outside the isolated tent he lived in with his sister. He went to the entrance and heard a man call, "Kia ora".

On returning the greeting and inviting the man in for a cup of tea, he was shot with a seven-round revolver at a range of 7m and injured in the left arm.

He ducked back inside to get something to defend himself with while Mereana Takimoana, 76, took a look. She was shot dead by a 0.22-inch bullet through the heart.

Ihimaera, aged in his 60s,