Two people sought by police over Wellsford homicide

Police are searching for a woman who is connected to Saturday's fatal shooting north of Auckland.

Emergency services were called to Wellsford on Saturday evening after reports someone in a vehicle had been shot.

The victim was Zane Smith, a 37-year-old man from Rodney.

Police are now looking for two people in relation to this incident. They are looking for Desmond Lawrence Bourne, 45, who is wanted for murder in relation to Saturday's incident. He also has a court-issued warrant for his arrest.

Police are also looking for Serene Tilsley, 21, who is associated with Bourne and has a warrant for arrest.

Serene Tilsley and Desmond Bourne.
Serene Tilsley and Desmond Bourne. Photo credit: Supplied / Police

Police are also asking for sightings of a black 2005 Ford Falcon saloon - registration CTS862 - that is linked to Saturday's incident, which was seen in Pakuranga on Sunday morning.

Anyone with information about the location of Bourne and Tilsley or the Ford Falcon is urged by police to contact the Waitemata Crime Squad on 09 839 0697 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police are asking for sightings of this black 2005 Ford Falcon - registration CTS862.
Police are asking for sightings of this black 2005 Ford Falcon - registration CTS862. Photo credit: Supplied / Police

Police say Bourne is considered dangerous and shouldn't be approached by the public. If he is seen, the public should contact 111 immediately.

"The investigation team will continue to do everything possible to locate Bourne so he can be held to account," Detective Inspector Scott Beard said.

"We are appealing to Bourne to hand himself in so this can be resolved without further incident."

He added that support is also being provided to the family of Zane Smith.

Zane Smith.
Zane Smith. Photo credit: Supplied

Smith's brother and sister, Jesse and Emma, told Newshub their brother was their protector and best friend.

"One of the most loyal, funniest, honest, down to earth soul I'll ever have the pleasure of having in my life. The loss of our Zane has left us all broken, devastated and angry," they said.

"The people who have done this to us all need to be taken down and sentenced like the sewer rats they are. They've stolen a brother, son, uncle, partner, and the most amazing person from so many of us. Unnecessary, messy and dark."