A 36-year-old man has died after his make-shift shelter burnt down overnight in Marton.
The man was living in the make-shift shelter in a paddock on Hawkestone Road, police said.
The Marton fire service was called to the property about 10.35am today, but police believed the fire happened sometime between 11pm last night and 8.30am today.
Officers from the Whanganui CIB and fire scene investigators were still working to determine the cause of the fire, but initial indications suggested it may have been started by a candle.
It was not considered suspicious.
The alarm was raised by the owner of the property, who found the campsite this morning.
The man was the only person in the shelter at the time of the fire.
Sergeant Peter Wood said a thorough scene examination was underway at the property and officers have been speaking with the man's friends and associates to piece together his movements before the fire.
No further details about the man would be released until his family has been informed.