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Three young girls from the same family are missing in northwest Hamilton.
Police, Land Search and Rescue volunteers and family members are searching for two six-year-olds and one eight-year-old last seen about 1pm.
Senior Sergeant Pete Simpson said the girls were supposed to have gone west from their home on Nawton's Mooney St to an aunt and uncle's house four doors down the road. They didn't arrive.
Police started searching the area but later called in reinforcements in an attempt to find the girls before nightfall.
Mr Simpson said one six-year-old girl and the eight-year-old girl are sisters while the other six-year-old girl is a niece.
All three girls, eight-year-old Serenity Ormsby, six-year-old Sapphire Ormsby and six-year-old Maia Ormsby are described as Maori with long brown hair.
"We don't know what Sapphire and Serenity were wearing but we believe Maia was wearing a white singlet with stripes on the bottom and small blue shorts."
Anyone who has seen young children in the area is asked to call 111 or the Hamilton Central Police Station on 07 858 6200.