UPDATE 1pm

Police are calling on the public to report any sightings of Northland man Adrian Berkhout missing since yesterday morning in Tangiteroria.

A major search for the 61-year-old is continuing this afternoon focussed on the area around Tangiteroria Bridge, on State Highway 14 midway between Whangārei and Dargaville.

Six police officers, eight Northland Land Search and Rescue volunteers and a surf lifesaving crew using an inflatable rescue boat are involved. A drone and a search dog are also being used.

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Police are keen to hear from anyone who has seen missing Northland man Adrian Berkhout. Photo / supplied
Police are keen to hear from anyone who has seen missing Northland man Adrian Berkhout. Photo / supplied

Police say Berkhout's blue Nissan X-trail was located in a gravel pit next to the Tangiteroria Bridge yesterday.

He was last seen around 4.30pm on Wednesday but police have information that he was in the area where his vehicle was found between 7.30 and 8am on Thursday.

Police and Berkhout's family are concerned for his wellbeing.

Anyone who saw him or his vehicle between 7 and 8.30am on Thursday is urged to call police on 105 (quote file number 200709/9372).


FRIDAY 10am

Police are using dogs, a drone and a rescue boat to search a Northland river for a 61-year-old man missing since yesterday.

The search is focussed on the area around Tangiteroria Bridge, on State Highway 14 midway between Whangārei and Dargaville.

The head of Northland police Search and Rescue, Senior Sergeant Cliff Metcalfe, said the man's family raised the alarm about 12.45pm on Thursday.

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They had gone looking for him and found his car in a gravel pit on the western side of the bridge.

Police had used a dog and a drone to search along the river either side of the bridge on Thursday, and were back at the scene early this morning with a team of six officers and eight volunteers from Northland Land Search and Rescue.

They would be joined by a surf lifesaving crew searching the Northern Wairoa River by IRB (inflatable rescue boat).

A drone and a search dog were also being deployed in today's search.

''At this stage we haven't been able to locate him and we have concerns for his safety,'' Metcalfe said.

More information to come.

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The Northern Wairoa River at Tangiteroria. Photo / file
The Northern Wairoa River at Tangiteroria. Photo / file