Dunedin police are seeking the public's help to identify a man they say made inappropriate comments to a Fairfield School pupil yesterday afternoon.

The man is described as a Caucasian aged between 20 and 30 years old who is clean shaven and has dark hair. His hairstyle is described as being shaven at the sides and longer on top.

The man was driving a light blue four-door hatchback with black seats or seat covers and it appeared the windows were wind up, rather than electric.

Police would "have a presence" around the school in the coming days and want other pupils approached by anyone suspicious to tell a parent or teacher as soon as possible.

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Police also asked parents remind their children how to stay safe while travelling to and from school, and what to do if they are approached by someone who makes them feel uncomfortable.

"You may wish to encourage them to walk to school in pairs or groups when possible."