A Hastings mother missing for a month with her two young children was seen at a Whangarei supermarket about two weeks ago.
Megan Lee, 45, was reported missing on Friday last week after failing to return with her children from a trip to the Upper North Island.
Police said that Lee and her children have confirmed they are in the Northland area.
Officers still need to locate them but are satisfied that they are physically fine at this time.
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They last made contact with family on February 9 and were spotted in Whangarei on February 11.
A woman, who works at Countdown Whangarei, told the Herald she served the trio in the supermarket about two weeks ago.
"It was Countdown Whangarei about approximately two or three weeks ago. I remember them. I'm a checkout operator and they came to my counter ... I remember the girl with the glasses.
"I have a pretty good memory of faces," she said.
When asked of their disposition, how they appeared, the woman, who did not want to be named, said "they all just seemed normal".
The trio were last known to be travelling in a silver Toyota Corolla station wagon, registration LCG323.
Anyone who sees the family is urged to call 111 immediately.