A man wanted by police has thumbed his nose at the law, taking to social media to label the officers "doughnuts".

Daniel Leslie Otene, who has connections in the Christchurch, Tīmaru and Ōamaru areas, is wanted by police for failing to attend court and breach of court bail.

After police went public with a request for public assistance, Otene himself chimed in to lambast the officers.

Commenting on the Ōamaru Today Facebook page, Otene posted a photograph of himself making an obscene gesture and wrote: "F*** use wont find me in Ōamaru have a look around Quakecity ya doughnuts" [sic].

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Daniel Otene. Photo / Supplied
Daniel Otene. Photo / Supplied
A screengrab of the post. Photo / Supplied
A screengrab of the post. Photo / Supplied

In a statement, Police told the Herald that "enquiries are ongoing to locate Otene".

They also had no comment on Otene's social media posts.

Otene isn't first wanted man to taunt NZ Police on social media.

In 2014, 23-year-old Samuel Evan Lake got into a verbal stoush with Christchurch police over his own mugshot.

Christchurch police posted a photo of Samuel Evan Lake on their Facebook page, appealing for information as to his whereabouts.

The original Facebook post. Photo / Supplied
The original Facebook post. Photo / Supplied

Lake, who had an outstanding warrant for his arrest, posted "I need to get a new mugshot" below his photo shortly after it was posted.

It prompted Christchurch police to shoot back with: "Come see us and will arrange at no cost."

"If only they were as good at finding me as they were with comebacks," Lake replied.

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Lake later changed his Facebook profile image to a photoshopped version of the mugshot, altered to look like Ben Stiller's character from the movie Zoolander.

The altered photo. Photo / Supplied
The altered photo. Photo / Supplied

Police eventually caught up to the cheeky fugitive.