Family of two men missing in Tongariro National Park have agreed to leave the search to search and rescue crews

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The family of two missing men in Tongariro National Park have agreed to leave the search to the professionals.

Vincent Taurima and Hakopo Ngaronoa have been missing since Saturday after entering the bush after fleeing car.
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Dozens of friends and whanau of Vincent Taurima and Hakopo Ngaronao have turned up to help and have been conducting a separate search to police and land search and rescue.

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The pair have been missing since Saturday after entering the bush to escape police after allegedly stealing a vehicle.

The pair phoned 111 on Sunday morning when they got lost in the bush.

At meetings with police last night and this morning they agreed to leave it to the over 60 army personal and volunteers who are trained to search in the dense inhospitable terrain.

Senior Sergeant Tony Jeurissen told 1 NEWS it's a good outcome and as long as the search continues to find items of interest, they will carry on.

Poor visibility and cold wet weather is making the tough job even tougher.

Police believe they have found the cellphone of one of the missing men today.

Last night would have been the men aged in their twenties fifth night in the cold and police say it would a miracle if either of the men were found alive as they would have suffered from hypothermia.

Over the course of the search, crews have found two campsites lit by a gas canister, a phone case and items of clothing too - an indication that the pair were suffering from hypothermia.

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