An Indonesian man has been killed on a fishing vessel in New Zealand territorial waters.

Maritime New Zealand spokesman Steve Rendle said the accident occurred on a Korean flagged vessel yesterday when a trawl net was being pulled aboard.

The accident occurred 65 nautical miles (120km) north of the Auckland Islands; 380 nautical miles (703km) south of Bluff, he said.

Maritime NZ were notified of the death around 7pm, Mr Rendle said. Police had been informed.

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The vessel was due to arrive in Bluff this afternoon where it would be met by police staff and Maritime NZ representatives.