Advice and Support

Missing persons cases are complex and varied. Over 11,000 missing persons reports are submitted to police every year in New Zealand.

In New Zealand a missing person is defined as anyone who is reported missing to police, whose whereabouts are unknown, and where there are concerns for the safety and welfare of that person.

If You Are a Missing Person

If you know you have been reported missing, contact Police or family so they can stop searching. If you are aged 17 or older Police cannot tell anyone where you are without your consent. … More

Dementia/cognitive impairment and other conditions of cognitive impairment

Outlines what to do if a dementia sufferer goes missing. Also explains what dementia is, how it affects behaviour and how tracking devices are used. … More

Working With The Media

This page provides you with advice on talking to the media about a missing person case, and emphasises cooperation between family and Police case officers. … More

Professional Services

Do not hesitate to contact professional help if ongoing support is needed. Contact your doctor, counsellor, therapist or community health centre for advice. If a loved one is located and returns home… More

Loss of Contact With a Family Member

There is a difference between a missing person and a lost contact case - police do not deal with the latter. There are a number of reasons why people lose touch with each other, such as moving house o… More

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

If you have concerns for a missing New Zealander’s safety overseas and all other avenues of enquiry have been exhausted, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade may be able to try to locate the mi… More