Police are investigating after an armed man entered a West Auckland dairy and demanded money and cigarettes last night.

The aggravated robbery happened about 8pm on Don Buck Road in Henderson, police said.

The alleged offender is described as Maori or a Pacific Islander, and was wearing a red and black hoodie and blue jeans.

He was also carrying a brown bag, police said.

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They asked anyone with information to call Waitemata police on (09) 839 0600 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.