The father of a five-year-old Rotorua boy has been charged with his murder.

Police announced today additional charges has been laid in relation to the death of Ferro-James Sio, who died in Rotorua Hospital on February 8.

His father, William James Sio, 24, who was previously charged with assault of a child, has now been charged with murder.

A 28-year-old woman has also been charged with ill treatment/neglect of a child.

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Both are due to appear in Rotorua District Court on February 27.

A karakia was held for Ferro-James on Sunday.

Organiser Kahira Olley said Ferro-James mattered.

"His life mattered, regardless of whether we knew him or not. He was still a beautiful little boy who was apart of our community," Olley said.

"The least we can do is come together, have a karakia, sing a waiata."

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