Police are looking for a man after a teenage girl was assault at the summit of Mauao at Mount Maunganui.

Police said in a statement this afternoon the girl was assaulted by a man about 1pm yesterday.

The man is described as European, between 50-60 years-old, of medium build, about 5ft 11" tall, bald on the top of his head with grey hair around the sides and back of his head.

The man is also described as wearing a navy blue T-shirt with white patches on it, black sunglasses, and dark coloured ¾ shorts.

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Police said they believe he left the area after the assault in a vehicle and were appealing for information to identify the man and his vehicle.

Anyone who has information about this incident is asked to contact the Tauranga police on (07) 5774300. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.