Hawke's Bay police are investigating a fire that killed a 57-year-old man.
The Fire Service was called to a property near Tangoio in a remote rural area north of Napier at 5.30pm on Sunday.
Police say the house was well ablaze by the time firefighters reached it and was destroyed before the fire could be extinguished.
The man is believed to have lived in the house. His name has not been released.