A specialist police search group using cadaver dogs is searching land near Kaitaia as part of their investigation into the disappearance of gang member Kimble Moore.

Detective Senior Sergeant Rhys Johnston said Moore had been missing since March and last month police upgraded the investigation to a homicide.

The search in bush east of Kaitaia continued today after the specialist squad were called to the Far North yesterday.

"Northland Police are continuing its search for missing person Kimble Moore. We have now Identified an area of interest and will continue searching there today," Johnston said.


He declined to comment further, but said he would provide updates if there were any developments.

Moore, 48, from Waipapakauri, was reported missing by his partner from a Taipa address early on Friday, March 18.

More than 20 police and volunteers searched an isolated area of bush northeast of Kaitaia in March for Moore.

The search included 10 police officers from Whangarei's Search and Rescue group, a dog handler from Auckland with a cadaver dog trained to locate bodies, and 11 trained volunteers from Far North Search and Rescue.

They searched a 3km stretch of roadside as well as 21ha of native bush, pine and gum trees for any sign of Moore.