Police say a man received serious injuries before his death in Flaxmere last night.
Emergency services were called to the Flaxmere Tavern on Swansea Road at 10.45pm, after a man was found in a critical condition outside the tavern.
The man was unresponsive when emergency services arrived and attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.
Due to the nature of the man's injuries, Detective Senior Sergeant Marty James said the death was being treated as a homicide.
Cordons were in place between the tavern and Flaxmere Pool while police worked at the scene.
Police were yet to formally identify the deceased man and no further details regarding him were available
Flaxmere resident and Hastings district councillor Henare O'Keefe said he believed the incident was near the Flaxmere Boxing Academy, which he founded, and which was promoted as encouraging healthy living, pride, self-esteem, affirmation and a sense of value for those attending
Asked if the area was a trouble spot, he said he was more inclined to think the incident was a random act, "it's not good"
Police said they would like to hear from anyone who was in the area of the tavern/pool between 10-11pm last night who may have seen something.
Information could be passed to Hastings Police on 06 831 0700 or provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.