A man has been charged with murder after the body of a woman was found on the side of a road yesterday.

Counties Manukau Police said the man is a 24-year-old from Manurewa and is due to appear in the Pukekohe District Court today.

Police said the victim was a 22-year-old woman, who was found dead in Hampton Downs, south of Auckland.

It is believed her death was domestic-related and officers are not looking for anyone else in connection to the incident.

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Police said work was now being made to complete "formal identification procedures" of the victim, whose name will not be released until later.

"Her family have made a specific request that media do not attempt to contact them and ask that they be allowed to grieve in private during this difficult time,'' police said.

More to come...