Australian police say the bodies of the Kiwi family who were swept away in flood waters at Tumbulgum in northern New South Wales have been found.
They were 43-year-old Stephanie King, her 11-year-old daughter Ella-Jane, and her seven-year-old son Jacob, the Daily Telegraph reports.
A police spokesperson blamed the accident on the "slippery roads".
"She died trying to save her child," he said.
"Whilst the matter is going before a coroner, I've no doubt whatsoever that that woman is a hero, and she'd be alive today if she wasn't trying to save her children."
Ms King's Facebook says she's from Auckland, and studied at Selwyn College.
Another of the Ms King's daughters, aged about eight, managed to escape the vehicle. She ran to a nearby farm screaming for help.
She told rescuers she was just one of four people who had been in the car that was was inundated with water from the swollen Tweed River on Monday afternoon.
Police managed to find the car using sonar technology, and police divers were used in the search for the family.