Gisborne Police and a large number of volunteers are looking for a four-year-old boy who went missing this afternoon in the Tolaga Bay area.
The boy called Axel was last seen wearing a blue shirt with palm trees on it and blue rubber boots with sharks on it.
Police used dogs and a helicopter to search them and are asking anyone who may have seen them to urgently contact them.
He was with a small fluffy white dog but the animal was found tonight.
Anyone who has seen the boy is urged to contact the police immediately.