Police in Greymouth are trying to locate an elderly West Coast man who has not been seen since yesterday afternoon.
Rowan Kerr, who is 78, was last seen about 2pm on Friday when he indicated he wanted to travel from Kumara to Christchurch to see a family member; police say he did not arrive. They said Mr Kerr was suffering the early stages of dementia and his family had concerns for his welfare.
He is described as very thin and usually wearing a brown beanie and jacket. He was driving a grey 1998 Holden Gemini.
Heavy rain and cold southerlies are forecast for much of the West Coast tomorrow.