A farmer has been rescued from rising floodwaters near Te Aroha in the Waikato.
Police were called by family members just before 7am today.
They were concerned for the wellbeing of the 59-year-old, who hadn't been seen since early last night.
The farmer, whose property borders the Waihou River, had been feeding out the back of his farm yesterday when he got trapped by rising water.
His brother-in-law had tried to rescue him using a tractor but that got stuck and the farmer was stranded overnight.
A local rescue helicopter crew plucked the man to safety this morning.
Waikato District search and rescue coordinator Constable Dave Pitchford says the man has been checked out and is in good health.
Photo: The rescued farmer (supplied)