A man, 31, found dead in a bath at an address in Patea, South Taranaki, on December 30, has been included in the tally of water-related fatalities for summer.
It was believed the man, 31, had drinks over a couple of days then went into the bath and fell asleep.
On Thursday Peato Samele Ilalio, 40, of Auckland, went missing at Kauri Point Wharf, Bay of Plenty, after trying to retrieve his fishing rod when a stingray pulled it away from him. Catherine Michelle Hintz, 41, of Palmerston North died in a Tauranga motel pool on New Year's Eve. Tauranga lawyer Blair Kiddle, 42, also died on New Year's Day during a diving trip near Motiti Island.