It was a "burglary gone wrong".
That is what west Auckland residents say they have been told following the death of elderly woman in Te Atatu Peninsula.
The 70-year-old's body was discovered by members of her family at the Glenvil Lane, Te Atatu, property on Friday afternoon.
Police initially classed the woman's death as unexplained, but later launched a homicide investigation.
Armed police, police officers with dogs and a helicopter were sent to the neighbourhood.
A neighbour of the dead woman has told the NZ Herald police told her the woman's death came after a "burglary gone wrong" at the house.
One of the residents living on the street, Steven Columbus said he was surprised to hear the news.
"It's just a quiet street...it's just shocking," he said. "I won't sleep for a few nights."
Police are due to provide an update about the investigation this afternoon.