A Hastings dairy store owner has been attacked over a loaf of bread.
The man entered the Duke Street Dairy store in Mahora on Wednesday, police say.
After a scuffle he punched the owner in the head several times, giving him two black eyes.
The attacker fled after being hit with a stick, but shortly after his 26-year-old girlfriend returned and threatened the owners with an axe.
She has been arrested, but police are still searching for the man.