Homicide inquiry launched after man's body found in Ngararatunua

Police have charged a 48 year old man with murder after a man’s body was found in Ngararatunua near Whangarei last night.

They say the body was located at a Church Road address at around 6;30 pm.

The Armed Offenders Squad was called out at the time and cordons were placed at each end of the road.

About 16 staff are working on the case and a number of witnesses are being spoken to.

A post mortem of the body will be carried out in Auckland tomorrow.

The man will appear on a  murder charge in the Whangarei District Court today.