Bad weather halts search for missing diver off Banks Peninsula

Deteriorating weather conditions are preventing a team of four police divers from recovering a missing diver near Akaroa today.

Seddon Ralph Jane, 42, of Wairoa was supposed to resurface by 9.45am on Saturday.

He was diving off the Banks Peninsula coastline between Damon's Bay and Flea Bay.

A police spokesperson told 1 NEWS the national dive squad carried out four separate dives in the Banks Peninsula area yesterday but the search is on hold today.

That will be reassessed if conditions in the area improve.