A 50-year-old man has been charged with the murder of 29 year old Joseph Rowland Keogh and will appear in the Kaitaia District Court today.
A homicide investigation is underway following the death of Joseph Rowland Keogh, a father of four on Saturday.
Police say a team of 17 staff are working on the inquiry and are providing a number of child specialists, to help provide support to four children aged between three and 13 who were witnesses to the event.
Child Youth and Family have also assisted by providing specialist interviewers and ongoing trauma counselling.
Detective Senior Sergeant Rhys Johnston says, "We are doing everything we can to try and support these children.They have witnessed a very traumatic event and have lost a dearly loved relative.”