A man has been found dead in the backyard of a residential property in Waikato following reports of disorder.

Police said tonight officers were called to a property on James Henry Crescent in Huntly about 7.45pm after receiving "reports of disorder".

When they arrived, the body of a man was found in the backyard, police said.

A homicide investigation has been launched and police are securing the scene in preparation for a forensic examination.

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Anyone with information which could assist police should contact Huntly Police Station on 07 828 7560, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.