Police are searching for a Hamilton woman they believe has abducted her 11-year-old son and skipped the country.
A warrant for Lauren Smith's arrest, on an abduction charge, was issued last week. The 42-year-old is believed to now be overseas.
"We are working with Interpol and overseas law enforcement to locate them," Detective Sergeant Terri Wilson of the Hamilton Child Protection Team said.
"Ultimately we would like Ms Smith to return back to New Zealand immediately with her son or to contact local law enforcement where she is staying, so that we can facilitate the safe return of her son back to New Zealand."
Hamilton Police say it is a "stressful time" for the rest of the family.
Anyone with information is asked to call Hamilton Police on (07) 858 6200 or call anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.