The small Otago seaside township of Aramoana, near Dunedin, was the scene of the deadliest mass murder in New Zealand history when David Gray began a shooting spree that left 13 people dead.
Gray, a 33-year-old unemployed Aramoana resident, went on his rampage following a verbal dispute with a neighbour. After shooting the man and his daughter he began indiscriminately shooting at anything that moved. Armed with a scoped semi-automatic rifle, Gray killed 13 people, including Sergeant Stewart Guthrie, the first policeman to respond to the emergency. Gray was tracked down during a house-by-house search the next day. When he started firing he was shot and mortally wounded by Special Tactics Group police.
A Robert Sarkies movie about the massacre, Out of the Blue, was released in 2006.
Image: utility vehicle at Aramoana with children’s bicycles in the back and police paintmarks on the ground (still from TVNZ film)