Identity of alleged Northland gunman revealed

(NZ Police)
(NZ Police)

Police have revealed the identity of the alleged gunman who shot at police in Northland on Friday.

The man they are after is 33-year-old Joshua Mason Kite. He is described as Maori, approximately 180cm tall and of medium-solid build.

Early on Friday morning the manhunt began when police tried to stop a car on Bank Street in Whangarei. But the man driving the car shot at the officers and then took their unmarked patrol car.

The gunman crashed the police car later in a nearby suburb of Whangarei and hijacked another car, forcing its two occupants out at gunpoint.

The hijacked car was later found near the Northland rural town of Maungaturoto.

The whereabouts of the man is unknown  however police say Kite has links to Wellington and Auckland, as well as Northland where the incident began.

Kite is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached.

He was wearing a blue t-shirt with white writing and a brown zip up hoodie.

Any sightings of him should be immediately reported to Police by calling 111.