Woman killed in NZ shark attack

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A woman has died in what appears to be New Zealand's first fatal shark attack in eight years, police say.

Emergency services responded late on Thursday afternoon to reports of a woman "injured in the water" at Waihi Beach, a popular tourist spot 153km southeast of Auckland on the country's North Island, a police statement said.

"Indications are that she had been injured by a shark," police inspector Dean Anderson said.

The woman was dragged from the water with leg wounds and attempts to resuscitate her on the beach failed, media reported.

A vacationing doctor joined paramedics, lifeguards and emergency services personnel in attempting to save the woman, Anderson said.

He added the woman, whose identify has not been made public, was scheduled to undergo an autopsy on Friday.

The most recent fatal shark attack in New Zealand was in February 2013, when a 46-year-old swimmer was mauled at Muriwai Beach, 41km west of Auckland.