Police have arrested three Levin men following the fatal stabbing of a 27-year-old Levin man overnight.
Police and ambulance staff were called to a rural address off State Highway 1, north of Levin at around 8.30pm after receiving a call that a man had been stabbed.
Ambulance staff made attempts to resuscitate Michael Les Valentine, 27, however he was declared dead at the scene, said Detective Senior Sergeant Marc Hercock, officer in charge of the investigation.
Hercock said the information from witness statements had been helpful in the inquiry.
"We believe that prior to Mr Valentine's death there was some type of altercation involving a number of other people."
A 31-year-old man has been charged with murder and is currently remanded in custody.
He is due to appear in the Levin District Court on February 4.
A 22-year-old man has been charged with assault in relation to the incident.
He appeared in Levin District Court today and has been remanded in custody. He is due to appear again on February 7.
A 29-year-old man has also been charged with assault in relation to the incident. He is due to appear in Levin District Court on February 4.
"In addition, we are appealing for sightings of a white Mitsubishi Pajero 4WD, registration CTJ418, between the hours of 6pm to midnight yesterday. We believe this vehicle has been used at some point prior to, and after the fatal stabbing of Mr Valentine," he said.
Police said they extend their thoughts and condolences to Valentines' family and friends at this difficult time.
"We do not believe that this was a random attack. We understand that there was disagreement in regards to some minor matters between the victim and those arrested."
Police are not looking for anyone else in relation to the Valentine's death.
"Even though we have made arrests this investigation is still ongoing and we are appealing to the public for sightings of the vehicle mentioned above and for any information relevant to this investigation. Please come forward and contact us if you know something," says Hercock.
The scene examination is expected to continue over the next 48 hours.
A post-mortem will be conducted tomorrow and police have no further comment as it is now before the courts, Hercock said.
Anyone with information relevant to this investigation is asked
to contact the Levin Police Station on (06) 366 0500. Alternatively
information can be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800