The man who died in Taupo following a fight in the early
hours of this morning was 19, police have revealed.
It's believed the local man received fatal injuries after
being stabbed in the altercation at the corner of Rifle Range
Rd and Hinekura Ave at 3.15am.
He died on the way to hospital.
Bay of Plenty Police communications manager Kim Perks said
police had launched a homicide investigation.
They had yet to identify suspects but it was believed only a
small number of people were involved.
Although it was believed the man was stabbed a post mortem
examination was needed to confirm the cause of death.
The scene is cordoned off and tents have been put up to
protect the area from the poor weather conditions.
Police and ESR staff will carry out a forensic examination
and area inquiries are ongoing.
Area Commander Inspector Steve Bullock said although it was
very early in the investigation and a lot of work still
needed to be done, police were confident it was an isolated
incident and the wider community were not at risk.