Broadcaster Tony Veitch, who this week pleaded guilty to injuring his former partner, was the subject of a police search today after the alarm was raised that he had gone missing.
Veitch was found safe in the Waikato town of Ngaruawahia five hours after leaving Auckland, and was with police and his father.
On Thursday, Veitch, 35, was fined $10,000, placed on supervision for nine months and ordered to do 300 hours of community work after pleading guilty to injuring his former girlfriend Kristin Dunne-Powell with reckless regard to her safety in 2006.
He had been due to appear in court next week for a depositions hearing to decide if he would go to trial.
Veitch disappeared in his vehicle about midday, a source told NZPA.
"We were extremely concerned for his safety because of his depressed state."
A police spokesman would not comment.
In court, Veitch's lawyer, Stuart Grieve, QC, said Veitch had been deeply traumatised after the incident and had twice tried to kill himself.
Tony Veitch has again tried to take his own life, and there are increasing concerns over his fragile mental state.
3 News understands police were called in and Veitch is now safe, being cared for by his father and police.
NZPA / 3 News