They are Air New Zealanders Captain Brian Horrell, 52, from Auckland; Christchurch engineers Michael Gyles, 49, and Noel Marsh, 35; and Civil Aviation Authority airworthiness inspector Jeremy Cook, 58, of Wellington.

The body of Air New Zealand Auckland Engineer Murray White, 37, has not yet been recovered.

Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Rob Fyfe says it has been a long wait for family, friends and colleagues to have official confirmation of those who have been recovered.

"Whilst we know how important it is, and how much the families value getting their partners, sons and dads back, our hearts are heavy for the family of Murray White, who remains missing. We continue to be hopeful the ongoing search will deliver Murray back to us soon," Mr Fyfe says.

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