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A man in 60s, who died after being bashed in South Auckland, was reportedly a good Samaritan trying to stop a street fight.
Emergency services were called to the corner of Elliot St and Great South Rd in Papakura about 2.40am today.
The injured man was taken to Middlemore Hospital in a critical condition.
Detective Senior Sergeant Richard O'Connor says he had since died from his injuries.
There are claims on social media that the victim was trying to prevent a younger man from being beaten up when he was assaulted.
Two people have been arrested for assault and they are being spoken to by police.
A scene examination has begun, along with inquiries in the area.
The family of the man who died have been notified and are receiving support from police and Victim Support.