Wellington police are seeking help from the public to identify the body of a woman after she was found dead at a beach near Miramar.
The woman's body was recovered on Monday after a member of the public discovered her body in the sea at Kau Bay.
Detective Senior Sergeant Tim Leitch said the woman's identity is not yet known.
"At this time we are treating this woman's death as unexplained," he said.
"She is someone's daughter, sister or mother and it is vitally important we find out who she is as soon as possible."
Police believe the woman is either of Māori or Pasifika heritage, and has the words 'Ride or Die' tattooed on her left inner forearm. She has a slender build and is between the ages of 20 and 35.
She was also wearing a white-coloured t-shirt with the initials 'STL' in orange and blue writing on the front of it.
Det Snr Sgt Leitch is urging anyone who may be able to assist police in identifying the woman to come forward.
Anyone who may have been on Massey Road on Monday between Scorching Bay and Shelly Bay just before 1pm is also asked to contact police.
"This can be a busy location, especially on a fine day with people travelling along Massey Road."
Those with information can contact police on 105 and quote event number P051049243.