Police are investigating the death of a man in Lower Hutt on Sunday morning.
Emergency services were called after the man was found with critical injuries near the intersection of Futter Grove and Hughes Crescent in Taita just after 5:30am. His death was confirmed shortly afterwards.
"Police are working to understand how the man was injured and at this stage his death is being treated as unexplained," says Detective Senior Sergeant Nick Pritchard.
"We would like to hear from anyone who has information which could assist our enquiries, including anyone who heard or saw anything suspicious or concerning in the area between 5am and 6am this morning."
A cordon is in place at the intersections of Hunter Street and Hughes Crescent while police work at the scene.
People are asked to avoid the area where possible.