Matthew Backhouse is a NZME. News Service journalist based in Auckland.

Homicide investigation launched

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A man has been charged with murder after a man was shot dead and a woman critically injured in the Far North this morning.

A 38-year-old man will appear in Kaitaia District Court tomorrow after the shooting this morning at a property on Fairburn Rd in Fairburn, about 15km east of Kaitaia.

Police launched a homicide investigation after speaking to the man following "a serious incident involving a firearm''.

A 44-year-old man was found dead at the address and a 38-year-old woman, a mother of two, was found critically injured nearby.

The woman remained in a critical condition in Whangarei Hospital this evening.

Police said nobody else was at the property at the time and police were not looking for anyone else.

A scene examination would be carried out tomorrow.


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