3 June 2019
The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is helping search for a 49-year-old man who has failed to return from a tramping trip to the Tararua Ranges.
Air Commodore Tim Walshe, the Acting Commander Joint Forces New Zealand, said a Royal New Zealand Air Force NH90 helicopter was sent at first light today to fly 27 personnel from New Zealand Land Search and Rescue (LandSAR) to the Tararuas.
“We remain on standby to provide further assistance if required,” Air Commodore Walshe said.
Sergeant Tony Matheson from New Zealand Police said the man left in the morning of 28 May to hike from Levin to Masterton over the Tararua Ranges. His partner sought police assistance when he failed to return home on Saturday afternoon.
About 50 searchers from police, LandSAR and NZDF, as well as a local helicopter, are looking for the man.