Woman dies in suspected New Zealand shark attack
Police were called to Waihi Beach on the east coast of the North Island in the early evening following reports a woman had been injured in the water.
"Initial indications suggest she may have been injured by a shark. Sadly she died at the scene a short time later," police said in a statement.
Waihi Beach promotes itself as "one of New Zealand’s safest surf beaches and home to a vibrant and friendly beachside community."
However, there have been occasional shark sightings in the area in recent years including a 3.5 metre (11ft 5in) male last February.