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.