A paraglider who died after hitting rock at Mt Maunganui on Saturday afternoon was a local pilot.
Emergency services were alerted to the fatal crash incident at 3:25pm.
Dominique Le Sellin from the Bay of Plenty Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association said it was an "unfortunate" accident.
"We have a lot of visiting pilots who come to fly the Mount, but this was a local pilot."
Police confirmed the paraglider was dead later that evening.