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Support the Search for Shane

Closed Cause page created in the Disaster category by Melissa Wilson for "Support the Search For Shane"

  • $23,664.00 donated
  • 237 generous donors

On 08/02/17 Shane Hayes took his boat out but did not return. Your contribution will help us to cover all search related costs.

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On Wednesday 8th February 2017, local and avid boatie, Shane Hayes, took his boat out for a quick test run. He launched from the Mangawhai Harbour - but did not return. Shane’s wife Laureen raised the alarm that evening, sparking an immediate search.

Coastguard rescue teams, NZ Police, family, friends and the wider community have continued to search over the past few days via land, sea, and air. Debris from Shane’s boat has been found, but not Shane.

United by the hope of finding Shane for this well-loved local family, an incredible display of community support has unfolded. Privately chartered helicopters, cropping planes, boaties and search parties have been extensively combing the area. Closure feels impossible for this special family, without his return.

Mangawhai’s community spirit has overwhelmed Laureen, daughter Jackie, and son Harrison. They are grateful beyond words. But the reality is – search efforts cost significant money.

It is important to point out that this give a little page is not a slight at the efforts undertaken by Coastguard, Westpac Rescue Helicopter, NZ Police and other volunteer rescue crews to date. However, these official channels have now been stood down - leaving the search efforts directly in the hands of Shane’s family and friends.

All funds raised will be used to cover search related expenses. Any amount - tiny or significant, will be appreciated. It is enough that Laureen and her beautiful family have lost their cherished husband, father and friend. They have a painful journey ahead of them – if we can continue our quest to find Shane without financial burden, we have taken one little step towards helping them.

Page created by:

Melissa Wilson


I have set up this page because the local community, friends, family and people further afield have been asking for ways in which they can help. All funds raised will go towards the significant search costs involved to find Shane.

All funds raised benefit:

Support the Search For Shane

Funds will be paid to a verified bank account of Melissa Wilson on behalf of Support the Search For Shane.

  • $23,664.00 donated
  • 237 generous donors

$23,664 donated

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This cause page was created on 13 Feb 2017 and closed at 23:59 NZST (UTC +12:00) on 20 Mar 2017.

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