Police are on the hunt for a man who tied an elderly woman to her chair in her home, before robbing her.

Detective Sergeant Dave Wishnowsky, of the Manawatu CIB, said the incident happened at a home on Church St, between Victoria St and Albert St, between 9-9.30am today.

The man was described as wearing a dark "silky" zipped jacket and dark pants, and was about 5 ft 10 inches or 178cm in height.

The woman was threatened and tied to a chair, before the man left in her car - a red Toyota Corolla, registration EWG803.

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He also took the woman's bank card.

She was very shaken following the incident, but unhurt.

She was assessed in hospital as a precaution.

Police have asked anyone who saw a vehicle matching the description, or any suspicious behaviour in the area this morning, to contact Palmerston North Police on (06) 351 3600.