The kid at the centre of a homicide enquiry in the South Auckland neighbourhood of Manurewa was 16 years old, according to police.
Around 4.30 p.m. on Saturday, the teen’s body was discovered close off McVilly Road.
Police said in a statement that the teenager’s family had been notified of her death and were naturally distraught and attempting to come to grips with what had happened.
According to the statement, the family has asked police not to publicise her identify at this time and is requesting an interim suppression from the coroner’s office.
Police said they were not in a position to comment on specific aspects of the inquiry as their priority is its integrity and releasing too much information at this stage may jeopardise that.
But they said they wanted “to reassure our community that our detectives are working hard and are piecing together what has led to this girl’s death”.
Detectives are continuing to look at CCTV footage and make enquiries as they try to work out what happened.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police via their 105 number and quote the file number 210911/6094 or they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.