Last night's home invasion in Kawakawa, Northland in which a 92-year-old woman was attacked after two females asked her for fuel is not the first such approach to residents in the region recently.
Police say two females, described as Māori, in their early-to mid-twenties, approached the front door of the rural property asking for fuel before the 92-year-old woman was attacked in her home.
The pair searched the home and took property before leaving in a tan coloured older hatchback/liftback-style car that had damage to the front guards.
The elderly woman has been discharged from hospital and is is being supported by her family and victim support, Detective Sergeant Greg Johnson of Mid North CIB said this afternoon.
Police are aware of recent occurrences across the mid north area of Northland of two females, described as Maori, approaching residents asking for petrol, Mr Johnson said.
Detectives believe these may be connected to the home invasion incident and want to hear from anyone who has had such an incident happen to them in recent weeks, he said.
The elderly victim of last night's incident is currently being interviewed by police.
Inquiries into the incident are ongoing and a scene examination is continuing at the address, Mr Johnson said.
Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 09 407 9211, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.