Human remains have been found in the bush in Pipiwai, near where Northland man Kukama Waa was missing.
While the remains have not been formally identified, police said in a statement they were found in an area near where Waa was missing.
The formal search for Waa was suspended on January 21, after a large search and rescue effort over the last fortnight.
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The remains were found by members of Waa's whānau, who had continued to look for him following the suspension of the formal search.
Waa, 58, had been missing since January 5 in an area described by police as remote with rugged terrain.
Police said an update would be provided in coming days, once formal identification had taken place.