Three people have been charged in relation to a Lower Hutt shooting which left one brother dead and another fighting for his life in hospital.

Rawiri Zane Wharerau, 39, and his 41-year-old brother were shot at their home address in Stokes Valley while celebrating a family member’s 50th birthday on December 16.

Rawiri died at the scene while his brother was transported to hospital in a critical condition.

A 33-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman are due to appear in the Gisborne District Court on Thursday on charges of murder and attempted murder.

A 53-year-old woman is also due to appear in the Gisborne District Court, charged with accessory after the fact.

Detective Inspector Haley Ryan said a dedicated team of police worked diligently on this investigation over the past six weeks.

“From day one we have worked closely with the tight-knit community of Stokes Valley, and the Wharerau whānau.

“The investigation team would like to thank the community and whānau who helped us tremendously in the investigation, providing information which assisted in identifying those responsible and holding them to account.”

Ryan hopes these arrests provide reassurance to the community and the Wharerau whānau.

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