Northland police have launched a homicide investigation after a man arrived at a motor camp overnight with what appeared to be stab wounds.
Efforts to revive him were unsuccessful, and he died at the scene at around 12.30am.
While it’s clear the man suffered critical chest injuries, a post mortem will need to confirm if they were the result of a stabbing, said Detective Inspector Dene Begbie.
A forensic scene examination at the Otaika Motor Camp in Whangārei is ongoing.
Police investigating how the man came to be injured are appealing to members of the public who may have seen anything in the area to come forward.
“We’d ask anyone who was in the Otaika area late yesterday evening and into the early hours of this morning to let us know if they saw anything suspicious or that may be of interest to us,” Detective Inspector Begbie said.
“We are in the early stages of the investigation and would appreciate information you have, no matter how small.”
A spokesperson for the camp said the person wasn't a tenant at the facility. The man came to the property asking for help after the injuries had already occurred, the spokesperson said, adding that he appeared to be in a great deal of pain.
Anyone with information on the incident has been asked to call police at 09 430 4500 or leave an anonymous Crimestoppers tip at 0800 555 111.