A Whangarei man charged with the murder of a woman, has appeared in court on Saturday morning and will reappear on Monday.
The body of the 21-year-old woman was removed from the Waiarohia stream by Tarewa Road early on Friday morning.
Her name and that of the 29-year-old accused are yet to be released.
Police in Whangarei had earlier said the man knew the victim, but their exact relationship was unknown.
Scene examinations are continuing, however the police have opened up part of the cordoned off area, allowing access to the Tarewa Shopping Centre from the Walton Street end of Tarewa Road.