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A man is facing a murder charge following the death of a woman in Christchurch last night.
Police said they were called to reports of an assault in Hawke St, in the suburb of New Brighton, at 10.40pm.
The victim, a woman in her 40s, was unresponsive when emergency services arrived, and died while being transported to hospital.
A 43-year-old man taken into custody at the scene has been charged with murder and would appear in the Christchurch District Court this afternoon, police said.
A scene examination would continue in the vicinity of the Countdown carpark in Hawke St.