A homicide investigation has begun after a man's body was found in a town near Taumarunui.
Police say it was found in a shallow grave in Ongarue on Wednesday. They have arrested and charged a man from Taumarunui with murder.
The dead man is in his late 50s and police will not be releasing any more information until a formal identification is done and next-of-kin are notified.
A 57-year-old man appeared in the Taumarunui District Court on Wednesday afternoon. He was remanded in custody and will reappear on Thursday.
The officer in charge of the investigation, Detective Sergeant Dave Kirby, says 30 officers and forensic specialists are investigating.