MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand Police – Missing Taranaki boy found

Missing 14-year-old Hawera High School student Phillip Pierson who went missing yesterday afternoon has been found.  The teen is cold and wet but uninjured, however is currently being checked by ambulance staff at the scene.

Phillip went missing while on a supervised navigation exercise on Mt Taranaki.

Phillip was found about 11am by a DOC worker who was in the area at the time checking stoat traps.  The worker was aware of the search and was looking out for the teen.

A search and rescue operation commenced yesterday afternoon with search parties on foot, the Taranaki Community Rescue Helicopter and an RNZAF helicopter.

Inspector Keith Borrell said finding the boy so quickly is fantastic.
“We are extremely relieved to find Phillip, it’s a relief for both police and his family that he’s back and in one piece,” he said.


Selwyn Manning, BCS (Hons.) MCS (Hons.) is an investigative political journalist with 23 years media experience. He specializes in reportage and analysis of socioeconomics, politics, foreign affairs, and security/intelligence issues. Selwyn has extensive experience as a commentator and has provided live political analysis to a wide range of television and radio organizations broadcasting in New Zealand, Australia and globally including the BBC (Five Live, London) and BBC (World Service). He is currently a correspondent to Australia's FiveAA radio, and is a regular live-on-air panelist on Radio New Zealand's The Panel with broadcaster Jim Mora.