Man dies in Northland water incident

The Awanui River.
The Awanui River. Photo credit: Google

A man has died after getting into trouble in the Awanui River near Kaitaia.

Emergency services were called to the scene at about 10:40am on Sunday. 

Police said the man, in his 50s, was found dead in the river just after 11am.

Local Iwi has carried out a blessing at the river and placed a rāhui on the site for five days, a police spokeswoman told Newshub. 

The death will be referred to the coroner.