The Police has confirmed just now that the person who drowned at Hunua Falls on Sunday, January 20 is 23-year-old Upmanyu Sharma- an Indian national.

The police yesterday had said that the man's next of kin were being notified and the death has been referred to the Coroner.

The office of the Indian High Commission, Wellington confirmed the death news and told The Indian Weekender that the family has been informed back in India. 

The deceased was originally from Karnal, Haryana. 

Paramjit Singh, Consular Officer in High Commission of India said, "We are in touch with the cousin of the boy back in India."

"His body is with the coroner and would be released shortly."

"We are planning to send him back as soon as possible. 

"He was fully insured so the cost of body repatriation should not be a challenge," Mr Singh said. 

The High Commissioner of India Sanjiv Kohli expressed his sympathies to the family of the deceased person. 

"Continuation of such unfortunate incidents is a grave concern for us," Mr Kohli said. 

Mr Sharma’s body was recovered on Monday, January 21, almost after 24-hours of searching by the police dive squad. 

Emergency services were called on Sunday afternoon after a man was reported to have swept away into the waterfall. The search was called off in the evening after the police dive squad could not locate the body.

The search again started on Monday morning, and the body was recovered in the afternoon.

Land Search and Rescue and the police Eagle helicopter were involved in the search.

The falls area was cordoned off while emergency services searched for the missing man on Sunday.