The two people found dead after a shooting at a rural Wairarapa home yesterday were Jody Ratima and James Teddy.

A person at the Masterton-Castlepoint Rd home called 111 just after 5am to say there had been a gunshot and one person had been killed.

The armed offenders squad descended upon the rural area, arriving to discover a double tragedy - the couple both lay dead inside the house.

Ratima was 48 and Teddy 54.

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Officers were met outside by three adults, all in their mid 20s, when they arrived.

Victim support was being offered to those who had been inside the house.

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Inspector Dave Thornton said police continued to investigate the two deaths.

Autopsy examinations would take place today in Wellington while the scene examination remained ongoing.

A firearm has been found at the address and police were not seeking any other weapons.

The couple had lived at the address for about a year, and neither they nor their property were known to police.