A homicide investigation is under way in Christchurch after the death of a woman.
Police were called to reports of an assault on Hawke St, New Brighton at 10.40pm last night.
The victim, a woman in her 40s who was reportedly homeless, was unresponsive when emergency services arrived, and died while being transported to hospital.
A large tent has been erected in the vicinity of the Countdown carpark with police on the scene this morning.
A 43-year-old man was taken into custody and has since been charged with murder.
He will appear in the Christchurch District Court this afternoon.
A scene examination will continue today in the vicinity of the Countdown supermarket car park in Hawke St.