A taxi driver has been stabbed in Upper Hutt, leading to a search for two women whose images were caught on security camera footage in the cab.
The women, thought to be aged between 20 and 25, used a sharp object to stab the driver about 3am on Queen Street, said police central communications Inspector Chris Tate.
The driver received minor injuries and did not require stitches.
The women then ran off. No one was around to see what happened and the taxi driver alerted emergency services, Mr Tate said.
One woman has been described as Caucasian, and the other is believed to be Maori, Mr Tate said.
Police would be reviewing footage from the cab.