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Source: New Zealand Police (District News)

Statement to be attributed to Detective Sergeant Byron Reid:

Taranaki Police have commenced a homicide investigation following the death of an Opunake man last night.

Police had previously been called to a private property in Opunake at about 4.20am on Wednesday 4 November after reports of an altercation between two men who were known to each other.

One of the men, aged 25, was taken to Taranaki Base Hospital in a critical condition and has now died.

A post mortem is due to be carried out tomorrow.

Inquiries are continuing and we are receiving assistance from the public as we build a timeline of events.

Further updates will be provided when available.

ENDS

Issued by Police Media Centre

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