Police are investigating after a woman's body was found at a property in the Manawatu town of Bulls.
The body was found by a family member this morning.
Detective Senior Sergeant Craig Sheridan, of Manawatu police, said the death was unexplained and it was not clear whether it was suspicious.
Police were speaking to people who were close to the middle-aged woman, and a scene examination was under way at the address, he said.
A post-mortem will be carried out after the scene examination is complete.