Police charge man over Western Springs murder

A 29-year-old man has been charged with murder after a "violent attack" at a central Auckland apartment block earlier this week left a man dead.

The 69-year-old victim's body was found in a stairwell at a Housing New Zealand flat on Great North Rd in Western Springs with fatal injuries late Tuesday night.

The man charged with the offence will appear in Auckland District Court on Thursday morning.

Police say they will reveal the identity of the victim once the man's family is notified of his death. They said on Wednesday they believed him to be a 69-year-old man who lived alone at the flat.

The man believed to be responsible for his death was on Wednesday assisting police with their enquiries into the incident.

He had been identified thanks to CCTV footage from near the scene of the crime.