Christchurch Police have cordoned off an area alongside the Heathcote River in Woolston following the discovery of a body this morning.
A member of the public contacted Police shortly after 9.00am to report seeing a body on the riverbank near Catherine Street. The body is believed to be that of a male.
Cordons are in place at Catherine Street, Maronan Street, Connal Street and on walkways in the vicinity.
A Police investigation into the death is now under way. Police are not yet in a position to say whether there are any suspicious circumstances involved.
No further information is available at this stage.