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 The hunt continues for a woman and four children missing in Te Urewera National Park since Tuesday afternoon.

They were out for was was meant to be a two-hour walk in the Otamatuna Ridge area.

Police were only alerted that they were missing at 4pm yesterday.

Search teams are focusing on a number of tracks around Lions Hut while a helicopter is also helping in the search.

The area where the group are missing is known for its rough terrain and thick bush.

That's the word from Operations Manager for local iwi Ngai Tuhoe Glenn Mitchell, who said the area around Lions Hut where the search is focused is huge and involves a number of tracks.

Mr Mitchell said Tuhoe are very concerned for the group.

"It's very rugged country. It rises up steeply from Waimana Road and there's valleys and streams going right into the back country. We're very concerned for the well-being of the missing party."

Newstalk ZB

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Woman, four children still missing in Te Urewera
21 July 2016

 The hunt continues for a woman and four children missing in Te Urewera National Park since Tuesday afternoon.

They were out for was was meant to be a two-hour walk in the Otamatuna Ridge area.

Police were only alerted that they were missing at 4pm yesterday.

Search teams are focusing on a number of tracks around Lions Hut while a helicopter is also helping in the search.

The area where the group are missing is known for its rough terrain and thick bush.

That's the word from Operations Manager for local iwi Ngai Tuhoe Glenn Mitchell, who said the area around Lions Hut where the search is focused is huge and involves a number of tracks.

Mr Mitchell said Tuhoe are very concerned for the group.

"It's very rugged country. It rises up steeply from Waimana Road and there's valleys and streams going right into the back country. We're very concerned for the well-being of the missing party."

Newstalk ZB

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