Police and volunteers are about to start searching for a missing 89-year-old man near Whangarei.

Christopher Kapa was last seen late yesterday but was not at his Onerahi home this morning.

The police Search and Rescue squad and volunteers are about to start searching the area from about 1.30pm today.

Police say Kapa was hard of hearing and could appear to be confused.

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It was not known what he was wearing when he went missing, however police said he normally wore grey track pants and a dark top.

Anyone who could help police or may have seen Kapa was asked to contact police immediately.