Missing boaties found safe and well

A pair of boaties reported missing overnight near Great Barrier Island have been found safe and well. 

The vessel, carrying a father and daughter, was due home Friday after a fishing contest. The police maritime unit failed to find the pair after eight hours of searching on Saturday, and the search was called off at sunset.

They were spotted by a police Eagle helicopter on the north side of Waiheke Island on Sunday morning, Coastguard told Newshub.

It's reported the father is 42 and the daughter, 17.

Waikato missing case

The search for a man missing in Waikato River also resumed at daybreak. The 36-year-old was evading police when he entered the water.

The offender was being sought in relation to a serious assault.