A woman was found dead in a bath at a North Taranaki care facility, police say.

The death at the home on State Highway 3 at Motunui on Saturday night has been referred to the coroner, reported Fairfax.

The woman was aged in her 60s.

Sergeant Kim Vollmer told Fairfax: "One of the occupants was having a bath and for a short time she was left unattended."

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CPR was performed on the woman for about 20 minutes.