Auckland police officer Matthew Hunt, 28, was killed in the line of duty on June 19, 2020, when he was shot dead during a traffic stop in West Auckland. Now he will forever have a spot at the beach, Stuff reports. On Saturday, exactly one year on from the incident, family and friends gathered at one of his favourite spots to remember the young constable. 200 people gathered at Orewa’s Remembrance Reserve to plant a kōwhai tree in Hunt’s memory and unveil a bench and plaque.

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