The police dive squad have located the body of a diver missing in Whangaparaoa.

At around 4pm yesterday a group of five were diving at Matakatia Bay when one of the group, a man in his late 20's failed to surface.

An extensive search by Police, Westpac Rescue, family and emergency services was unsuccessful.

At about 1pm today the Police dive squad recovered the body of a male in the area who is believed to be the missing diver, though his identity is yet to be confirmed.

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Police extend their thoughts and condolences to family and friends.