Police and emergency services are responding to a water incident off the coast of Northland.
Emergency services were notified following reports a yacht sank about 37 kilometres off the coast of Cape Brett.
A mayday call was received about 12.30pm today after the 47 foot yacht got into trouble in the bad weather.
The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand have been co-ordinating a response.
Two rescue helicopters from Auckland, a Royal New Zealand Air Force P3 Orion, a Coastguard vessel and a merchant vessel were sent to respond.