A man who was found dead in the water by a person out fishing near Kapiti Island has been named by police.
He was 69-year-old Philip Lucas from Palmerston North, who went missing on Christmas Eve.
Police say Lucas was last seen on the morning of Christmas Eve at Palmerston North Hospital.
He was found nearly a month later, floating in the water near the southern end of Kapiti Island on January 5.
"Our thoughts are with his family and friends," police said in a statement.
Lucas' death has been referred to the coroner.