A Southland woman suffered a frightening ordeal after a man armed with a knife burst into her home demanding access to a gun safe.
Police are appealing for information about the incident, which took place in Waikaia, Southland at around 9.15pm on Thursday.
The man struggled with the woman, who lives at a Blaydon Street property, before he demanded access to a gun cabinet.
He is described as around 30 years old, five foot eleven with short dark hair and prominent cheek bones.
The man was wearing a black hoodie, black CCC Canterbury pants and black DC shoes, police say.
Police are also investigating an incident where a man was disturbed in a garage of the same property.
Members of the public with information are urged to contact Chris Lucy at Gore Police on 03 203 9300.