Homicide investigation launched after man stabbed to death in Mangamuka, Far North

Police have confirmed a man has been charged with murder after a person was allegedly stabbed to death in a property in the Far North on Sunday evening. 

Emergency services rushed to a property on Iwitaua Road in Mangamuka at around 9pm following reports of a person being stabbed at the address. 

Detective Inspector Al Symonds of Northland said police were notified that a fight occurred at the property where a man received "a number of stab wounds".   

"Sadly the man was pronounced deceased at the scene," Det Insp Symonds said.  

In an update on Monday afternoon, police confirmed a 50-year-old man, who was arrested nearby after the stabbing, has now been charged with murder.  

The man will appear in the Kaikohe District Court on Monday.  

"Our investigation teams have worked hard to reach this point," Det Insp Symonds said.  

"While an arrest has been made, there are still a number of enquiries yet to be completed." 

A post-mortem is due to take place on Monday afternoon and Det Insp Symonds is continuing to urge anyone with information to come forward and speak to police.  

A scene guard remains in place at the Iwitaua Road property while a scene examination is being completed. 

Earlier on Monday, police said the attack would've been a "shock" to the community, but they believe it was an "isolated incident".  

"This is a tragic situation and we are ensuring there is support in place for those closest to the victim."  

Det Insp Symonds said police cannot currently release details of the man who has died but will do so in "due course".   

"We are continuing to make enquiries, but would also like to encourage anyone with information to get in contact with us," Det Insp Symonds said.  

"You can call us via 105 or provide information online at https://www.police.govt.nz/use-105, using Update My Report. Please reference file number 240304/6284. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111. Any further updates will be issued proactively."