A 92-year-old woman has been attacked in a "cowardly" home invasion in a small Northland town.
Police say the offenders - two women - knocked on the front door and asked for fuel before attacking the elderly widow, taking property and leaving in a vehicle.
"This is an absolutely appalling incident, and we know the local community in Kawakawa will be shocked and angered at how a vulnerable member of the community has been targeted," said Det Sgt Greg Johnson, calling the incident "cowardly".
"Police are determined to finding those responsible for this shocking event and we are appealing for any information from the public that may help our investigation."
The offenders are described as Māori, in their early to mid-20s and of medium build.
"Police are seeking any information from the local community on any suspicious vehicles in the vicinity of Whangae Rd in Kawakawa between 6pm and 7:30pm last night," said Sgt Johnson.
The vehicle they left in was a hatchback-style car of a fawn/tan colour, with damage to the front guards.
Anyone with information is asked to call Sgt Johnson on 021 191 6007, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.