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In his last conversation with his mother before he died in a diving accident, Tyron North told her, "I know that I've got a short time to live".

The 37-year-old and his friend Daniel Stoneham, 33, died while on a training programme at Lake Pupuke last week. On Friday, friends and family gathered to farewell the men.

"He was a full person. A beautiful-looking person and people did love him, I know," said his mother Yvonne.

In the Hokianga, friends and family farewelled Stoneham.

Detective Senior Sergeant Kim Libby said North Shore police were still investigating the cause of the accident.