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Mt Eden prisoner on the run

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 3/03/2017

Police are looking for a inmate from Auckland Central Remand Prison who didn't return after being allowed to attend a family funeral.

Tuakana Matthews, 25, was released to attend the funeral in Whangarei and was ordered to return by 5.30pm on February 21.

He didn't and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

"The 25-year-old is actively avoiding police and we believe he may be with his partner Shania Pirihi," police say in a Facebook post.

"Shania is 17 years old and also has a warrant for her arrest for failing to appear in the Waitakere District Court."

Tuakana is described as male, Maori, 170cm tall and of medium build.

Pirihi is described as female, Maori, 130cm tall and of stocky build.

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