Police are investigating after a 39-year-old woman was found dead in her Nelson home.
The woman was found at her Salisbury Rd, Richmond, house yesterday evening by a family member who did not live there, a police spokeswoman said.
The death was being treated as suspicious.
Three other deaths occurred in the South Island overnight.
In Timaru, police were investigating the death of a man found on the side of the road about 4am in the suburb of Seaview.
And two people were found dead at about 2am in a car that had crashed into a power pole on the Hinds Arundel Road, south of Ashburton.
Should Nelson schools offer compulsory classes on sexual consent for teenagers?Related story: (See story)