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.
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.