A homicide investigation is under way after a 29-year-old man presented to Wairoa Hospital with a gunshot wound shortly after 7pm on Tuesday.

He later died in hospital.

Police have identified a "scene of interest" in the Mohaka Village which is currently under guard.

A forensic examination of the scene is expected to take place later today.

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Officers are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the man's death and would like to hear from anyone in the Mohaka area who may know about this incident.

A friend of the deceased, who did not wish to be named, said he was a "good guy ... very mischievous, funny, but had a good nature".

Anyone with information is asked to call Wairoa Police on 06 831 0700 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.