Assaulted Papakura man dies

NZ police car
Two people have been arrested for assault (Simon Shepherd / Newshub)

A man has died after an early morning assault in the Auckland suburb of Papakura.

The 60-year-old was knocked unconscious in the attack on Great South Rd at 2:40pm on Saturday morning. There have been reports he was trying to breakup a bar fight, but these are unconfirmed.

He was taken to Middlemore Hospital in a critical condition, but has since died from his injuries.

Two people have been arrested for assault, and are being spoken to by police. 

A scene examination is continuing, and police are making further enquiries.

The victim's family is receiving support from police and Victim Support.

Witnesses are encouraged to contact the police's Operation Cyclone team on (09) 295 0200.