Police have launched a homicide investigation after a man was found dead in the middle of a road in Northland on Thursday morning.
Police were notified at around 4:08am and found the man lying on Peter Snell Rd.
"We are now working to understand the full circumstances of what has occurred," the spokesperson said.
"A scene examination has begun where the deceased man was found."
Detective Inspector Al Symonds of Whangārei CIB said Police are following positive lines of enquiry to locate those involved.
“We know the community will be feeling concerned about this incident but please rest assured we are doing everything we can to locate those responsible and hold them to account," Symonds said.
Police believe this is an "isolated incident" and there is no danger to the public but the Ruakākā community can expect to see an increased police presence in the area.
"A scene examination is underway where the man was found and in the surrounding area."
Police have closed Peter Snell Rd along the Tamingi St and Tamure Place intersections and motorists are advised to avoid the area.
"We apologise for any inconvenience this will cause commuters."
Police also encourage anyone with information to come forward and speak to them.
"Police would like to hear from anyone who saw suspicious activity in the Peter Snell Road area in the early hours of Thursday morning, or who has information that could assist the investigation."
People who may be able to help are asked to call Police on 105 or make a report online referencing file number 231012/4721. Reports can also be made anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.