Rahui put on during search for men missing in Tongariro National Park
The unsuccessful search of two men lost in Tongariro National Park has police re-assessing the ten-day search.
Hakopa Ngoronoa, 26, and his friend Vincent Taumira, 21, have been missing in Tongariro National Park since Saturday, August 12, when the pair allegedly fled from a police chase on the Desert Road.
The men were last heard from on Sunday, August 13, when one briefly rang the police to ask for help. It is believed the cell phone battery went flat.
On Tuesday the search entered day 10 which has included specialist search teams, hundreds of volunteers, the police dive squad and a police dog trained in search and rescue techniques, Senior Sergeant Tony Jeurissen said in a statement.
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All search activity to date has been unsuccessful in finding the pair.
All information gathered through the search will be re-assessed and this will guide the way forward for the search, Jeurissen said.
Today a karakia led by Ngāti Tūwharetoa was held at the search site and a rāhui was placed on the area.
The family of the missing men was also in attendance.
The rāhui is being placed on the area between Mangamate Stream to the north, Makahikatoa Stream to the south, the Desert Road to the west and Tongariro River to the east.
Signs will be erected informing the public of the rāhui and to stay out of the designated area.
Placing of rāhui is a cultural practice that will protect the site from disturbance. It will stay in place until lifted by Ngati Tūwharetoa.
Police are in close contact with the whanau of the two men and remain determined to bring these men home.