Police are investigating after a body was found in a vacant property in Ruatoria, a small town in the Gisborne region.
The body was found in the afternoon on August 3. Police say it is believed to have been there for "some time" and is yet to be identified.
"Police and specialist groups are working to do so at the earliest opportunity," says Tairawhiti Police Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Ben Quinn.
"Enquiries are ongoing and police will provide more information when we are in a position to do so."