A teenager has admitted killing a workmate at an Auckland factory.

Lima Feleti, 18, appeared today in the High Court at Auckland before Justice Kit Toogood and later pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of a 19-year-old man.

The teenager had fatally assaulted his colleague with a weapon at an East Tamaki factory on September 7.

He had earlier pleaded not guilty after the charge was upgraded to manslaughter.

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Feleti and the victim were workmates at cardboard box manufacturer Charta Packaging.

The Crown had indicated CCTV footage of the attack had been recovered.

Feleti will be sentenced next year.