A man with a tomahawk held up a petrol station in Gisborne overnight.
Police said a man armed with a small axe took a small amount of cash from the Wainui Rd Mobil station.
He demanded money and cigarettes from the attendant while a second person kept watch outside.
Police said the men fled on foot and were tracked by a police dog.
Two men were due to appear in Gisborne District Court today on aggravated robbery charges.