Police have identified the body of a man found in Tauranga Harbour on Saturday.

The identity of the 29-year-old Tauranga man has been confirmed by police but his name will not be released until next of kin have been notified.

Police say the body, found by a tugboat near Mt Maunganui Port, had been in the water for between one to two weeks.

A post mortem examination will be carried out on the man's body later today.


Police say it is too early to say if the death was suspicious.

Police earlier released a description of the man in hopes of identifying him.

He was described as Caucasian, aged between 18 and 35, and of small to medium build.

The word `scorpio' was tattooed across his stomach, the word 'ford' on his right shoulder, and a tribal design on his left forearm.

He was also wearing a black T-shirt. On the front of the shirt was a black star with a white surround and the word 'Tauranga' underneath.

- nzherald.co.nz and APNZ