A man has been charged with murder after a fatal stabbing in Ashburton last night.

Police launched an investigation after they were called to a house on McDonald St about 10.30pm.

A 25-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of stab wounds.

Police have arrested a 23-year-old man in relation to the incident.

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Authorities said this morning he had been charged with murder.

He is due to appear in the Christchurch District Court today.

Officers are carrying out a scene examination this morning.