Rāhui at search site for missing men

9:17 pm on 22 August 2017

It's been ten days since two men went missing in the Tongariro National Park and police say the search for them is entering a new phase.

The Police National Dive Squad searched the Matawai Stream.

The Police National Dive Squad during the extensive search. Photo: NZ Police

The men fled into the Kaimanawa Forest after a police pursuit last Saturday and discarded clothing was found on Monday.

Today, iwi Ngāti Tūwharetoa led a karakia and placed a rāhui at the search site.

Hundreds of volunteers, specialist search teams, and the police dive squad have been searching for the men.

Police said information gathered during the search would be re-assessed.

They said they were in close contact with the family of the men and they remained determined to bring them home.

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