A man killed in a stabbing in West Auckland has been described as a "really nice guy'' who lived with his partner and children on the street in which he died.
The 42-year-old became the second stabbing victim within hours; a woman diedafter she was knifed about 5km away at a house in Te Atatu.
Police were called to Hepburn Rd, in Glendene, about 9pm on Saturday after reports of a disturbance.
The man was initially in a critical condition - following a dispute with a group of at least three people. He was treated at the scene and taken to Auckland City Hospital by ambulance.
However, he later died.
At the scene yesterday, police in white boiler suits carried out forensic tests.
Blood stains could be seen on the footpath and a small black-handled kitchen knife was visible behind the police cordon, strewn on the grass berm near a cluster of letterboxes at the top of a long driveway.
Neighbours described hearing arguing on the street before, cries for help and sirens arriving.
Natasha Khan said her family heard a lot of arguing on the street at about 9pm.
"There was so much yelling and a lot of arguments, just all down the street. There was swearing, and someone saying: 'Get out'."
At about 9.30pm they heard someone yelling: "Help!"
Natasha's grandfather, Mansoor Ali-Khan, was friends with the victim.
He said the man was a "really good guy" and a friendly neighbour. He had a partner and children that also loved at the house, said Ali-Khan.
"I can't believe it. It's really sad. He's a very good man."
Ali-Kahn heard a woman "screaming for help" on the driveway soon after the fighting.
"My wife went out and she saw two ladies running on the road."
Ali-Khandid not know why the man would have been involved in the arguments on the street.
As of last night, police did not have any suspects and were appealing to those involved to come forward.