Rotorua police have made a "very substantial" drug bust after Ngongotaha residents saw a man acting suspiciously in a ditch.
Residents called police after a man was seen in a ditch allegedly carrying a knife and meth pipe, under the influence of drugs, on Sunday morning.
Rotorua police area prevention manager Brendon Keenan said a "very substantial amount of methamphetamine, cocaine and other amphetamines" was found in a stolen vehicle nearby.
Keenan said the car had evaded detection from automatic number-plate recognition.
A man and woman have been charged with possession of drugs for supply.
Intruder assaults house occupant
An intruder broke into a home on Ranolf St about 2.45am on Friday.
Police said an occupant of the property got up to get a glass of water and saw a male reach through an open window and turn the lock on the back door.
The occupant ran to the door and tried to lock it, but the man forced his way in and demanded money.
The occupant was pushed to the floor and punched multiple times. The resulting injuries needed medical attention.
Before leaving out the door he came in, the man ripped a Samsung Galaxy S8 phone out of the victim's pocket and stole $300.
The male was described as wearing a dark hoodie and shorts and of a large/fat build.
A property on Pohutukawa Drive was also broken into on Saturday night.
A gold watch valued at $400, a gold necklace, a PlayStation 4 valued at $700, a black Windows Pro valued at $600 and the house and car keys were stolen.
They were two of 18 burglaries reported to police over the weekend.
Quiet family violence week followed by a busy weekend
After a week in which police dealt with a low 55 family violence callouts, more than 30 reports were made over the weekend.
Keenan said it had been a quiet few weeks for family violence.
Keenan said sometimes about 100 calls could come in a week and it appeared a busy week was ahead.
Rising crime in Murupara
More than 160 serious crimes were reported across Rotorua last week.
Keenan said that was down on the previous week when it was closer to 190 - but it was rising in Murupara.
"We are still seeing a high number of unlawful takings and attempted takings of vehicles and belongings."
He said tourist areas were still hotspots.
"Keep vehicles locked and whenever possible belongings out of sight."
The Rotorua police public safety team have been concentrating on alcohol-related disorder to try to reduce alcohol harm in the community.
"They are undergoing license premises checks and maintaining a higher presence."