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Police officers will examine a scene in central Featherston after a man was critically assaulted overnight and later died from the injuries.
A homicide investigation into the incident has been launched .
Emergency services were called to a property in Fitzherbert St just before midnight where a 40-year-old man had received serious head injuries.
Ambulance staff gave him CPR and he was transported to Wellington Hospital in a life-threatening condition, said Central Ambulance Communications spokesman Norm Ngatai.
He died just before 5am.
The area has been secured and a scene examination will begin with forensic scientists this morning.
A postmortem examination will be conducted in Wellington tomorrow.
Anyone who was in the area or with information, particularly about people or cars that were acting suspiciously, is asked to contact Wairarapa Police on (06) 370 0300.