A gunshot was heard in South Auckland, and a murder investigation was started before the public found a wounded man who later died on a trail.
Police responded to reports from a gun fired on Zelda Street in Otara at 10:00 on Tuesday.
A police spokesman said there were a number of witnesses in the investigation that helped the police.
The police cordoned off Zelda Ave with Maytime Street on Otara's Othello Drive.
The dead man has not been determined yet.
The area was completely closed to traffic and only limited to the inhabitants, police wanted to avoid the area if possible.
The police appeals to those who know about the dead or who have information about getting in touch with the Manukau Police Station on 0508 422 443 or who want to stay anonymous to communicate with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.