A New Zealand kayaker has died in an accident on a river in North Carolina.
Maria Noakes, who represented New Zealand in the 2013 Freestyle Kayak World Championships, died while kayaking with her two sons on the Cheoah River on Saturday, media report.
The 50-year-old was paddling on the river when she ran into difficulty - her boat was found against the river's edge.
Ms Noakes' body was found downstream.
The mother-of-two, who is originally from Waipu, lived in North Carolina since 1996, with her husband.