Hīkoi in remembrance of Tara Brown to take place in Ngāruawāhia

A memorial hīkoi for Tara Brown, who was allegedly murdered by her partner last week in Australia, is set to take place in Ngaruawahia this Friday, September 18.

The event, formed on Facebook, will be held between 4pm-5pm. Those who are wanting to attend are asked to assemble on the river side of Turangawaewae Marae where a safety and travel plan briefing will be conducted prior to the hikoi.

According to information provided on the event page, the hīkoi will proceed over the Ngāruawāhia bridge, through to the main township. The group will then cross the road at Market Street and continue down Policeman Hill. It will continue along the Waikato Esplanade towards the rotunda where the main event will take place.

Several people are expected to speak upon their arrival to the rotunda, including the spokesperson for Te Whakaruruhau Women's Refuge. The hīkoi will end with a karakia and waiata.

Those willing to take part are being asked to take with them a message or placard and a candle to light. 

If you wish to be a part of the hīkoi, you can check out full details here

24-year-old Tara was allegedly run off the road and brutally assaulted in the Gold Coast last week. She died in hospital last Wednesday.

Queensland Police issued a statement confirming she had passed away after suffering serious head injuries, allegedly at the hands of her former partner on Tuesday.

According to reports by the Gold Coast Bulletin, Ms Brown's former partner Lionel Patea was a former sergeant at arms for the Bandidos Bike Gang.

Surveillance video showed a person fleeing the scene in a stolen vehicle and further reports from the Gold Coast bulletin say Patea handed himself in to police with stab wounds, which police say appeared to be self-inflicted.

The initial charge Patea faced have now been upgraded to murder.