15 Sep 2021

Mother of missing children holding out hope

From Nights, 10:30 pm on 15 September 2021

The mother of three children who have been missing since the weekend with their father at a remote Waikato West Coast beach has released a statement. King Country man Thomas Phillips and his three children Jayda, Maverick and Ember  aged 8, 6 and 5, have not been seen since a family gathering on Saturday. It's feared they have been swept out to sea. Their car was found on the remote Kiritehere beach on Sunday.

Locals and Landsar personnel at Kiritehere Beach where Thomas Phillips' car was found.

Locals and Landsar personnel at Kiritehere Beach where Thomas Phillips' car was found. Photo: RNZ / Robin Martin