Police have found a prisoner who was on the run for three weeks hiding in a cupboard.

Ihaka Kawana, 22, escaped from police custody in Nelson on February 26 and was last night found in Hamilton - 756km from where he escaped.

"Acting on information received, Kawana was located overnight hiding in a cupboard at an address in Hamilton," police said in a statement.

Ihaka appeared in the Hamilton District Court this morning and has been remanded in custody until next Thursday.


Police said they would like to thank the public for their assistance.