Hawke's Bay Police have issued a call for help from the public after a couple of baby placentas were among items stolen in a burglary in Napier.
Two placentas awaiting burial were among a large quantity of food stolen from the family's freezer at their home in Tamatea, which was burgled during the day on Monday.
"The placentas were being kept in the freezer for whanau while a decision was being made as to where they would be buried," police said in a statement.
They were stored in white containers, similar to 2-litre ice cream containers, and had the babies' names written on them.
"The whanau would love to get these precious items back, and police ask that anyone who may be able to assist in finding them please get in touch immediately," police said.
Information can be given to the Hawke’s Bay Police on 06 831 0700, or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.