Police have named the victim of Friday night's fatal assault in Taitā, Lower Hutt as they continue to search for a man who left the scene of the assault.
Faapaia Fonoilaepa, 29, a painter from Avalon was killed during a fight near the intersection of High Street and Burcham Street just after 7.30pm.
Police say they are looking for a man who left the scene following the assault.
The man is described as Māori, of solid build, aged 30-40 years, with dark hair and facial tattoos. He was wearing black clothes.
The man is believed to have left the sence initially on foot and walking south.
He then returned to the scene before leaving in silver Toyata Carib station wagon.
Police say the car is missing its front hubcap and has some damage to its front left panel and indicator.
The car was seen at the High Street scene for several minutes before it left travelling north where it was later spotted in Pringle Street.
Police are also looking to speak to a woman who was walking north on High Street at the time the incident took place.
The woman is of medium build with long brown, curly hair and was wearing dark clothing, headphones and was carrying a shoulder bag.