A body has been discovered in New Zealand close to where two-year-old Aisling Symes was last seen.

A statement from police confirmed that the body of a young child was found following a search of a storm water drain at the rear of a house in the Auckland suburb of Henderson.

However, they have yet to identify the body and said it is too early to determine the gender.

The scene where the body was found has been sealed off for further investigation.

Aisling, whose father Allan is originally from Co Waterford, was last seen playing outside the house a week ago.

A reward has been offered for information leading to a successful conviction in the case.

The money has been put up by British aristocrat Lord Ashcroft.