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There is a rahui in place at Waikaremoana. Here are a few comments for readers to consider. The purpose of this rahui is to ask people to stop and reconnect with the lake, the waters and its surround's. How many of us go to the shores of Waikaremoana and wonder what effect the low water levels are having on the ecosystems around the shoreline, and the follow-on effects?

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Lake Claimants speak

23 July 2016

There is a rahui in place at Waikaremoana. Here are a few comments for readers to consider. The purpose of this rahui is to ask people to stop and reconnect with the lake, the waters and its surround's. How many of us go to the shores of Waikaremoana and wonder what effect the low water levels are having on the ecosystems around the shoreline, and the follow-on...

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A WOMAN and four children, aged from four to nine, remain missing in Te Urewera after going for a walk on Tuesday afternoon.

The group was dropped off just after 1pm on Tuesday for a one to two hour walk.

Police were alerted just before 4pm on Wednesday when they hadn’t returned.

Search and rescue teams were deployed in Te Urewera yesterday afternoon to look for the group.

With the support of a helicopter, the teams have been searching in the Otamatuna Ridge area overnight with the search continuing today.

A police spokeswoman said police would hold a press conference in Whakatane later today if the women and children could not be located.

Whakatane Beacon

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Missing in Te Urewera

22 July 2016

A WOMAN and four children, aged from four to nine, remain missing in Te Urewera after going for a walk on Tuesday afternoon. The group was dropped off just after 1pm on Tuesday for a one to two hour walk. Police were alerted just before 4pm on Wednesday when they hadn’t returned. Search and rescue teams were deployed in Te Urewera yesterday afternoon to look for the group. With the support of a helicopter, the teams have been searching...

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A woman and four young children rescued from Te Urewera bush country after two days might not have survived the night, a search and rescue expert says.

The group was reported overdue at 4pm on Wednesday after failing to return from a walk through Waimana Valley on Tuesday.

After a 24 hour search, they were found safe and well near the river known as No Name Creek and were winched to safety by the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter just as it got dark.

They were taken to Whakatane Hospital and spent last night there.

The two youngest children had mild hypothermia but it could have been a lot worse.

Police search and rescue, together with volunteers, found the group in the vicinity of Lions Hut - at the Waimana end of Te Urewera National Park.

its dense, heavy native bush and its beauty but at this time of year it is cold, frequently in the low single digits overnight.

The group had been on an unnamed track and headed down to No Name Creek for water, where they were eventually spotted.

The location has been described by rescue helicopter staff as a narrow ravine between two waterfalls.

The woman is believed to be a local of the Waimana area.

A member of the Waimana rugby team told RNZ the woman cooked fried bread when Waimana played home games.

The rugby team was meant to be practising last night but only a handful of team members were there; half had volunteered to search for the missing woman and children.

Eastern Bay area commander Inspector Kevin Taylor described the woman and children's condition as okay - given what they had been through.

The two youngest children were being treated for mild hypothermia and all five were being medically assessed.

Base manager Nat Every described the area they were found in as being close to "tiger country".

He said the group would have been unlikely to have survived a third night out in the open.

"My understanding is it is very, very cold and probably, I'd suggest, they were unlikely to have lasted the night, as it is pretty chilly out there.

"I gather that once they had spent a bit of time warming up, their condition dramatically improved."

Ten search and rescue teams scoured the area over 24 hours. The search included helicopters and went overnight - using night vision goggles.

Shortly before 4pm yesterday, the group were spotted by a land-based team.

Mr Every said a line was dropped from the helicopter, down through a gap in the canopy.

He said it would not have been pleasant being yanked up by a 120 foot line but it would have been better then where they were.

A better result could not have been scripted, he said.

Police have also thanked the Tuhoe people, saying local knowledge of the terrain was invaluable.

Radio NZ

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A woman and four young children rescued from Te Urewera bush country after two days might not have survived the night, a search and rescue expert says. The group was reported overdue at 4pm on Wednesday after failing to return from a walk through Waimana Valley on Tuesday. After a 24 hour search, they were found safe and well near the river known as No Name Creek and were winched to safety by the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter just as it...

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A woman and four children missing in Te Urewera for two nights were found alive and well yesterday. Eastern Bay commander Kevin Taylor addressed media 4.15pm at the Tūhoe Headquarters in Taneatua Te Kura Whare, and announced the children, aged between four and nine, and the woman had been found about 30 minutes earlier, at 3.45pm.

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Five trampers found

22 July 2016

A woman and four children missing in Te Urewera for two nights were found alive and well yesterday. Eastern Bay commander Kevin Taylor addressed media 4.15pm at the Tūhoe Headquarters in Taneatua Te Kura Whare, and announced the children, aged between four and nine, and the woman had been found about 30 minutes earlier, at...

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A woman and four children are missing after being last seen Te Urewera yesterday.

The five people were reported overdue from a bush walk just before 4pm.

The age of the children ranges from four to nine.

They had been dropped off just after one o'clock yesterday for a one to two hour walk.

Search and rescue teams and a helicopter have been searching in the Otamatuna Ridge area overnight and continue today. Te Urewera is part managed by a Tuhoe iwi authority Te Uru Taumatua.

Operations development manager Glenn Mitchell told One News the family is from Waimana. While he wouldn't disclose names he said that where the group was dropped off is near the Waimana Lions lodge.

"I do know the lady, I do know the experience," Mr Mitchell said.

"There's a short day walk, their intention was to do that walk but unfortunately it appears they set off on the wrong track.

"It's a point which is intensively managed for pest control with track lines for predator traps."

It wouldn't be difficult for an inexperienced person to wander off a marked walking track because of those lines, he said.

Mr Mitchell said the authority was pulling in its staff to make them available for the walk. He wouldn't comment on the level of concern but said overnight the weather had been fine with no local frosts.

TVNZ

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A woman and four children are missing after being last seen Te Urewera yesterday. The five people were reported overdue from a bush walk just before 4pm. The age of the children ranges from four to nine. They had been dropped off just after one o'clock yesterday for a one to two hour walk. Search and rescue teams and a helicopter have been searching in the Otamatuna Ridge area overnight and continue today. Te Urewera is part managed by a...

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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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 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...

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