Man missing since Christmas Day found alive in car crash

A police officer turns traffic away as the Makawera river flows on the road between Invercargill and Wallacetown caused by torrential rain, Invercargill, New Zealand, Tuesday, April 27, 2010. Credit:NZPA / Dianne Manson
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A man who went missing between Papamoa and Gisborne on Christmas Day has been found by police.

He was discovered about 4pm in his car, which had crashed down a steep bank on State Highway 2, around an hour north of Gisborne.

Police say he has suffered some injuries but was conscious when found.

A helicopter has been dispatched to take the man to hospital.

Police say State Highway 2 will be closed between Cemetery Road and Rakauroa Road to allow the helicopter to land.

Police would like to thank all those who assisted with their enquiries and got in touch with information during the search for the man.