A police search and rescue team and volunteers are searching
for a 70-year-old man who ran out of water while walking a
track in the Far North.
Eight police search and rescue members and 11 volunteers from
the Far North were scouring a track from Takahue Saddle Rd to
the Mangamukas, about 36km southeast of Kaitaia, after the
man rang for help at 3pm today.
Sergeant Neil Pennington said the Whangaparaoa man travelled
to the Far North by bus to walk the track but became
disoriented and ran out of water after walking for seven
He pitched his tent after calling for help and has sleeping
"We're not concerned about him. He's done the right thing by
calling for help and we know he's safe in his tent waiting
Mr Pennington said the team would search the whole night if
Police were working from the summit of the Mangamuka Gorge
and Mr Pennington said the search team was likely to find him