The statue of Pania of the Reef, which was stolen from Napier's foreshore last month, has been found.
Napier police said they had located the statue at a residential address in Napier and were interviewing a person.
The life-sized bronze statue, which has been part of the Marine Parade landscape since 1954, disappeared nine days ago.
Napier area commander Inspector Kevin Kalff told a media conference that Pania had been found safe and sound as a result of "routine inquiries" based on information received during the investigation
No charges had yet been made yet, he said.