The diver whose body was found off the coast of Mahia on Monday morning was diving to collect food for an uncle's tangi, a relative says.
The man has been identified as 21-year-old Jason Rangi Paul, of Nuhaka and who had been diving on the western side of Mahia when he disappeared on Sunday.
He leaves leaves behind a partner from Mahia, and two children, the relative says.
Boaties assisting with the search found the diver about 9am on Monday, a police spokesperson said.
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A relative of the diver's partner said the man was diving in the western side of Mahia.
"He was diving between Rocket Lab [launch site] and Mahia beach, on the western side," he said.
"He was diving for seafood for his uncle's tangi. He wasn't on his own."
He said the diver's partner had a big family and "lots of support" in Mahia.
The man's tangi will also be held later this week, he said.
The Mahia Maori Committee has placed a rahui on the collection of kaimoana [seafood], meaning the collection of seafood is now prohibited in the sea along the western coast of Mahia Peninsula from Kinikini [Long Point] in the north, through to Ahuriri Point [Onenui Station] in the south.
The rahui will be in place from Monday until the day after the burial.