Police in Tokoroa are looking for a man who robbed the two owners of a dairy at gunpoint and then kidnapped them.
A police statement said the two victims, a man and a woman, were locking up the Amber Dairy on Bridge Street at about 10:10pm yesterday when a man with a gun forced them back into the shop.
After taking the shop's takings, he forced them to drive him around Tokoroa in a silver Toyota saloon car.
He then forced them to withdraw more money from an ATM on Bridge Street before returning to the Amber Dairy for more money.
He then ordered the victims to drive him to State Highway One. He got out of the car by the Mobil petrol station and was last seen walking north on the highway.
Police said the victims were threatened but not harmed during the robbery and kidnapping, which lasted about 40 minutes.
Police described the suspect as being possibly a Maori or Pacific Islander, aged 20-25, about 180-85cm tall and of medium build. He was wearing dark clothes and covered his face with a white bandana.
Police are not saying how much cash was stolen.