Search continues for missing Hamilton man

The search for a Hamilton man who has been missing for six days will continue this morning.

Raymond Stirling, 84, went missing in the Halcione Close area around 7pm on Monday night and was reported missing on Tuesday afternoon.

A LandSAR team of 30 police officers and volunteers searched every property within 1km of his last known location in the Flagstaff area.

Today that search is expanding to surrounding suburbs and the Hamilton Police boat will begin searching the Waikato River.

Family members have also searched areas he had previously been to in Huntly and Ngaruawahia.

Mr Stirling is known to wave down passing motorists for a ride, and police are asking anyone who may have given him a ride or been waved at by him to contact them immediately.

Mr Stirling's attire has not been confirmed, but it is possible he was wearing blue track pants and white/red sneakers.

He also suffers from dementia.

Anyone who may have seen Mr Stirling should call 111 immediately.

Raymond Stirling's family are desperate to find him. Source: 1 NEWS

Impending start of school year brings stress for parents looking to afford new gear

With the 2018 school year just around the corner, many parents are stressing about how they will pay for new uniforms, stationery and school trips.

For some families it means giving up on a summer holiday so they can afford the gear.

"The school uniform that's one of the biggest costs, the stationery and new bags for school," Colin Kennedy told 1 NEWS.

His school bill has topped $2000 this year, but the price tag for the Abbas family is even higher with children at primary, intermediate and high school.

"I think four or five-years-ago there was no urgent need for Chromebooks or Ipads but now it's a part of the education," father Rana Abbas said.

New research says the costs are only getting higher, with parents of a child born this year set to fork out more than $38,000 for a state education, up 13 per cent in a decade.

A private school education now costs around $360,000 up 42 per cent.

The Ministry of Education's sceptical about the numbers saying it's not representative and counts donations which are voluntary and fees that aren't considered education costs.

However, those working with low income families say the struggle is clear to see.

The new school year is almost upon us bringing with it financial pressure. Source: 1 NEWS


Car ploughs into Panmure party leaving one person critical, another in serious condition

One person is in critical condition after a car drown into a crowd of people in Panmure early this morning.

The incident happened at around 1:30am on Tripoli Road shortly after a fight broke out at a party.

Police told 1NEWS that a group of people approached the party to start an altercation.

Two people were injured and both were taken to Auckland Hospital, one in a serious condition and the other critical.

The driver fled the scene after ploughing into the crowd and Police are continuing their inquiries this morning.