Police have named the 31 year old man who died in Kawerau last night as Barry Junior Hunt who passed away this morning after suffering a serious head wound with an axe during an altercation in last night.
According to Police a group of men all known to each other got involved in the altercation.
The victim was taken to Whakatane Hospital in a critical condition and died in the early hours of this morning.
A homicide enquiry is underway and a 25-year-old Cameron Hunt has been charged with murder. Hunt has been remanded in custody until his next appearance at the Tauranga High Court on the 22 July at 9am.