A family friend has made an emotional plea to the 34-year-old Otorohanga man on the run after his mother was found stabbed to death in her home.
Clare Bremner's body was discovered in her Cruden Ave home on Tuesday. Her husband Keith suffered critical injuries during the attack, and is in Waikato Hospital.
Police and the armed offenders squad have been looking for Ross Bremner since the stabbing.
Geoff Benefield, who was the best man at Mr Bremner's parents' wedding, wants him home safe and sound.
"Ross, we love you. We can get through this. Turn yourself in. We're not here to judge you - we're here to help you."
Mr Bremner has been treated for mental health and drug addiction issues in the past.
"Your family still love you, and they want to see you back in the land of the living and get through this."
Mr Benefield says the family are in shock, but coping with the situation.
"Ross, just come and see us. If you want to ring me, you can do that - or come and see me. But you need to turn yourself in to the police."