A teenage boy whose mother allegedly abducted him a month ago has been found safe and well.

Police earlier had concerns for the safety of 14-year-old Loyal Hayward after saying the boy's mum Elizabeth Hayward took him from an approved caregiver.

A spokeswoman for Tangata Trust in Ngaruawahia said Loyal was in CYF-approved care of a family member, not the trust.

Detective Sergeant Kris Clarke, from Hamilton's child protection team, told Radio New Zealand Loyal was safe and well, and was back in the care of Child Youth and Family last night.


Ms Clarke earlier said Mrs Hayward had been attending a women's group at the Trust.

Police had been looking for Loyal and his mother for a month.

"We've been checking numerous addresses where we've received information that they may possibly be frequenting. We've checked with all known associates," Ms Clarke told NZME News Service yesterday.

Loyal went missing from the trust in Ngaruawahia where he would have had court-approved contact with his mother, Ms Clarke added. He was not in the Trust's care.

"The trust was a neutral location where the pick-up and drop-offs occurred."

Loyal was staying with a CYF-approved family in Cambridge, where he attended school.

"That's one of the reasons for concern - he hasn't attended school since he went missing," Ms Clarke said Loyal hadn't attended school since he went missing.

On Facebook, a user believed to be Loyal's mother - who went by the name Storm Hayward - made several comments about her son since July 12.

Friends had also been in touch with Ms Hayward through the Facebook site, to ask if they could speak to Loyal.