A search is under way for a woman and four children who are missing in dense bush in the North Island. Police say they were alerted just before 4pm yesterday when the group were reported overdue from a walk in Te Urewera National Park.
The age of the children ranges from four to nine.
They had been dropped off just after one o’clock on Tuesday for a one to two hour walk.
Search and Rescue teams and a helicopter searched in the Otamatuna Ridge area overnight and are continuing today.
Anyone with any sightings of the walking party are asked to contact Bay of Plenty Police on 07 348-0099