Neighbours of a 66-year-old man found dead at a Brockville house say he was a hardworking man who always seemed to have a smile on his face.

A 47-year-old Dunedin man charged with the man's murder has had his name suppressed so he can inform family about the allegation against him.

The defendant was arrested after the body was discovered at a Brockville Rd house yesterday morning.

Court documents allege the murder took place on Tuesday.

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The 47-year-old defendant appeared in Dunedin District Court this morning before Judge John Macdonald, who granted him interim name suppression for 48 hours at the request of defence lawyer Anne Stevens.

She said her client had not been able to contact his elderly parents or an overseas family member.

The defendant was remanded in custody by consent and is set to appear in the High Court at Dunedin next month.

Police said they were not seeking anyone else in connection with the incident but inquiries were continuing.

Crime scene investigators have this morning entered the house, which has been cordoned off by police, as has a neighbouring property.

Neighbours say the victim was a hardworking man who always seemed to have a smile on his face.

Earlier, police said the incident led to scene examinations at two separate Dunedin addresses yesterday.

A postmortem examination was expected to start today.