A hunter who spent three nights lost in the bush has this afternoon been reunited with his wife and three children.
Siow Hong Kuik, known as Desmond, lost his way after leaving his hunting group at their camp near the Waititi Stream in the Te Urewera National Park on Sunday afternoon.
Searchers had discovered notes saying he was lost and broken ferns and sticks placed in arrows and this afternoon found the lost man alive and well.
Police and Whakatane LandSAR volunteers searched the area on foot and on horseback yesterday with two police dogs, two kayaks and a helicopter.
During the search, a note by Kuik was discovered in the Kouanui Hut, dated October 22, saying he was lost but had found food in the hut.
He was flown out of the area this afternoon.
Police said Kuik's case highlighted the importance of taking basic safety measures, such as always telling someone where you are, when you'll be back and having sufficient clothing and food.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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