Second man arrested over fatal Gisborne birthday brawl, victims officially named

  • 26/03/2024

Police say a second man has been arrested over a fatal Gisborne birthday party brawl.

Earlier on Tuesday, a 25-year-old Gisborne man was discharged from Gisborne Hospital, taken into custody and charged with assault.

He is expected to appear in the Gisborne District Court on Wednesday.

Furthermore, Detective Inspector Dave de Lange said the two men killed at a party can now be officially named.

They are Kane Wiremu Te Paa, 30, of Wainuiomata, and Chrysler Stevens-Mark, 21, of Gisborne.

The party, held on Lytton Street, was a whānau birthday celebration for Stevens-Mark, whose family and friends have taken to social media to share their loss.

"It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our Boy, our Little Cuzzy, our Little brother Chrysler Stevens-Mark who was tragically taken from us in what was supposed to be his special night," a Facebook post reads.

Meanwhile, the other victim is also being remembered as a loving father, son, brother, uncle, nephew and grandson.

"Kane was tragically taken from our whānau [and] at this stage our whānau are grieving, mourning and hurting in what has happened," a Facebook post reads.

Kane and Chrysler Stevens-Mark.
Kane and Chrysler Stevens-Mark. Photo credit: Facebook

Police say the event was disrupted by uninvited guests who arrived at the party shortly before the incident began.

Police and the armed offenders squad arrived at the scene and broke up the fight. 

Staff attempted to resuscitate two people who were later declared dead, while three others were taken to hospital with injuries.

Police confirm the second man charged was one of the uninvited guests.

A 29-year-old Gisborne man has already been charged with injuring with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.