A man has died after an attack in Northland.
A member of the public found the 35-year-old man badly injured on the side of Bonnetts Road in Kaitaia and flagged a passing police car about 11pm yesterday.
The man was placed on life support in Whangarei Hospital, Inspector Kevin Burke says.
He died this afternoon.
"This is a tragic start to the new year for a family," Insp Burke said.
"This appears to be an unprovoked attack which has resulted in this man's death."
There had been a number of people in the area attending a function.
Police expect to complete a scene examination today.
A post mortem will take place to determine cause of death.
The victim had been wearing black shorts, a grey hoody and steel capped work boots.
Police are telling his family.