The body of a kayaker has been found on a beach near the mouth of the Waiau River, Tuatapere.
The 51-year old male was reported missing at around 5:15 pm today and his kayak was found a short time later near the mouth of the river. A search and rescue operation was launched and his body was located on the beach.
Police confirmed he was wearing a life jacket and his next of kin are being informed.
The matter has been referred to the Coroner.