A man found dead in his Whanganui home was respected journalist and former war correspondent Derek Leonard Round.
Mr Round, 77, was found dead on Thursday morning, with police yesterday saying his death had been violent.
Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Kirby, of Wanganui CIB, yesterday would not say who found Mr Round, or how he died.
Interviews with Round's neighbours, a scene examination at his house - where his body was found - and a forensic examination of his Jaguar car were continuing today, a police spokesman said.
The police were also focussing on a few items of clothing, which they believed were linked to the crime scene.
In 2010 Mr Round was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to journalism.
He covered the Vietnam War, the historic visit of Prime Minister Rob Muldoon to China in 1976 and interviewed British call-girl Mandy Rice-Davies, who discredited the British Government in the 1960s.
He was the New Zealand Press Association's (NZPA) Asian correspondent from 1973-1977, on hand with pen and notebook when Mr Muldoon was one of the last foreign leaders to call on Chinese leader Mao Zedong in 1976.
It was the first visit to China by a New Zealand leader after Wellington and Peking established diplomatic relations and three years earlier Mr Round reported on the first ministerial delegation to China, lead by Minister of Overseas Trade Joe Walding.
He worked for NZPA as political editor, its Fleet Street-based chief European correspondent and editor. He was bureau chief in Singapore and Hong Kong for the Reuters news agency, and it was his work in Asia for which he was best known, and he most proudly reflected on.
At a time when New Zealand was seeking to strengthen its bonds with Asia, Mr Round played a prominent role in presenting the continent in his homeland.
As a war correspondent in Vietnam he was one of the last New Zealand journalists to leave, evacuating to Hong Kong a fortnight before the Viet Cong took what was then Saigon.
He wrote several biographies, was a former chairman and trustee of the New Zealand Portrait Gallery, and had several roles in Wairarapa community organisations.
A Canterbury University law graduate, he turned to journalism after working as a legal intern on the infamous Parker-Hulme murder trial in 1954, when he was 19 years old.
Police are making "positive progress" in their inquiry into what happened to Mr Round in the hours leading up to his death, a police spokesman said this morning.
A team of 40 police are working on the investigation, searching both sides of the Whanganui River for clues.
Police want to hear from anyone who saw Mr Round's blue 1996 Jaguar XJ6 on the move from 6.30pm on Wednesday and 8.30am Thursday.
"I also want to hear from anyone who may have seen certain items of clothing, which may have been discarded," Mr Kirby said.
They included a red long-sleeved jersey or sweatshirt, a black leather sleeveless vest, dark coloured stonewashed jeans, dark fingerless gloves, and a pair of dark coloured sports shoes with light markings around the soles and coloured laces.
The cause of death will not be established until a post-mortem examination is carried out.
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