Two young children killed in suspected NZ murder

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Police have begun a homicide investigation after the deaths of two young children in the New Zealand town of Ruakaka.

Northland police attended a property on Monday morning, finding two bodies without specifying their age.

Local media have reported the two deceased are aged under five, while the local school has also posted on Facebook of the "sad loss of two children".

Various emergency services were in attendance including police.

"Our investigation is still in the early stages and we are currently speaking with a person as part of our inquiries," Detective inspector Bridget Doell said.

"There will be an increased police presence in the area, and we will provide further updates as our investigation progresses."

News outlet Stuff reports the house was managed by Kainga Ora, New Zealand's social housing provider.

Kainga Ora regional director Jeff Murray said police had described the deaths as a "sudden death incident at one of our properties".