A search and rescue operation is underway in Makara near Wellington where a diver has been reported missing.
The diver was expected to return about 4pm last night and had been diving between Wharehou Bay and Pipinui Point.
A search and rescue team as well as the Westpac Rescue Helicopter has been called in to search the area.
His gear was found last night about 8pm.
A team of searchers is also looking for the man along the shoreline.