A diver has died at the scene of a “water-related incident” near Whangārei, police say, after they were found unconscious in the water.

Police said officers were alerted to an unresponsive diver who had been retrieved from the water at around 5.20pm. The incident happened off the coast of Ōakura.

“Emergency services attempted to resuscitate them. However, sadly they died at the scene,” a police spokesperson said.

“Police are making enquiries on behalf of the coroner.”