A 54-year old man has died following a drowning incident at Cable Bay in the Far North.
Police say they were called to the scene at 4.06pm today.
Another person was taken to Whangarei Hospital in a critical condition and two others were treated at the scene for moderate injuries.
Police say initial reports are that a person got into difficulty at the north end of Cable Bay and required assistance to be removed from the water.
They say next of kin are being notified of the incident.
St John Ambulance says four ambulances and a helicopter attended.