Police are hunting three men armed with weapons who robbed a Hamilton dairy of cash and cigarettes.
The men entered the Kingsway Superette in Prisk St about 8.20am on Saturday armed with a hammer, hatchet and screwdriver.
Detective Sergeant Andy Saunders of Hamilton police said it remained unclear how much cash or how many cigarettes were taken.
The man armed with a yellow handled hatchet had his face covered and was wearing a white t-shirt, light grey hooded sweat shirt, black gloves, black shoes with black soles and a G Shock or similar wrist watch.
A second man was carrying a similar coloured yellow handled hammer.
"He was wearing a dark hooded sweat shirt, dark cap, dark long pants, black Nike shoes with white sole and stripe. He was also wearing a black cap with 'NEW ZEALAND' on the brim. He was carrying a yellow handled hammer and black cooler-type bag," Saunders said.
The third offender was carrying a black and yellow coloured screwdriver.
He was dressed in a dark hooded sweat shirt, light grey track pants and blue material across face. He was also wearing low cut white Nike shoes with black stripe. He was also carrying a black backpack.
A stolen vehicle used by the group was driven by an unknown Maori or Pacific Island woman of a large build aged around 20 years old.
The car was found a short time later nearby on the corner of O'Regan Rd and Collins Rd, Melville, Hamilton.
Anyone with information is urged to call Saunders on (07) 858 6200.