The police will today continue their investigation into the death of a man who was attacked in an Auckland motel room.
Ihaia Gillman-Harris, 54, was found injured in his room at the Ascot Motel in Epsom on Saturday morning, and died later in Auckland Hospital.
The police said it was clear from the scene it was a violent attack.
Detective Inspector Scott Beard said Mr Gillman-Harris checked into the motel on Saturday morning with two men, who left shortly afterwards in his car, a dark-coloured Range Rover registration number EUE 515.
He said it is not yet known what happened to Mr Gillman-Harris.
Mr Beard said Mr Gillman-Harris had spent Christmas Day with family in Wellington before driving to Auckland.
He said police are still looking for the two men who left the motel before Mr Gillman-Harris was found injured.
The car has since been found in Pakuranga but the men have not been located.
Mr Beard said members of the public should call them if they have any information.
Motel staff 'did what they could'
The owner of the Auckland motel at the centre of the homicide investigation said his staff did what they could to help the victim.
Mr Gillman-Harris asked motel staff for assistance at about 9.30am and was taken to Auckland Hospital, where he later died.
Motel owner, Anuj Gupta, said his staff did what they could by calling emergency services when Mr Gillman-Harris asked for help.
He said he and his staff have met with Mr Gillman-Harris's family and sympathise with them.