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North Shore police are hunting a man who raped a 19-year-old woman in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Detective Senior Sergeant Kim Libby said the young woman met the man - who had a brown dog, believed to be a staffordshire/shar pei cross - in Takapuna just after 1am. He dragged her into a bit of wasteland on Rangitira Ave and sexually assaulted her.

The detective said the European man, aged 20 to 25, had a distinctive tattoo on the inside of his left arm.

Anyone with information is asked to phone the North Shore duty CIB supervisor on 477-5000.

- Staff reporter, NZPA