Statement to be attributed to Detective Inspector Michael Ford:
Christchurch Police have launched a homicide investigation following the death of a man in Parklands today.
Police were alerted to a serious incident on Four Elms Place in Parklands just after 8.30am.
A man was reportedly struck by a vehicle which then left the area.
The man died at the scene.
Police have located a black Mazda Premacy vehicle believed to be involved in the incident.
We are still actively seeking the driver however we do not believe he is a threat to the general public.
Police are also speaking to a number of witnesses.
The area remains cordoned off while investigators conduct a scene examination.
Anyone with information that can assist is asked to contact Police on 105 and quote event number P043101518.
Further updates will be made when available.
Issued by Police Media Centre