A homicide investigation is under way after a shooting in Kaikohe last night.

The victim died on the way to hospital.

Police were called to the corner of Heke and Hongi Sts at 8.45pm after reports of a firearm being discharged.

Officers who arrived at the scene found a critically-injured male near a vehicle.

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Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Dalzell said the victim was airlifted to Auckland City Hospital but died on the way.

The scene was immediately put under guard last night and overnight. A scene examination will be carried out today.

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Police are now speaking to a person who is helping with their inquiries, a statement said.

No one else is being sought in relation to what has been referred to as a "firearms incident".

"Our investigation is still in its early stages and a further update will be provided once there is further information available."