A man was found dead last night at a Papatoetoe boarding house. Police say they are treating his death as suspicious.

The man was a boarder at the Carruth Lodge on Carruth Rd, a person with knowledge of the incident has confirmed.

Police were called to the address around 7pm after the man's body was found.

A homicide investigation, Operation Mainstay, is underway.

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A Herald photographer at the scene said police had erected a cordon around the house.

Several scene guards were positioned outside the property and police detective vehicles were also at the scene.

The scene has been cordoned off as police carry out their investigations. Phooto / Brett Phibbs
The scene has been cordoned off as police carry out their investigations. Phooto / Brett Phibbs

The man's name and details about the death will not be released until next of kin have been notified, police said.

Anyone with knowledge of the incident can call Operation Mainstay on 09 295 0200.