Police are still searching for two gunmen who shot at an officer in the Far North.
The shooting took place just after 4am yesterday, with the police officer lucky to walk away unharmed.
The shooting occurred when a car pulled in front a police vehicle on State Highway 11 near the Puketona Junction with State Highway 10.
Police say two males hopped out of the vehicle with guns, shooting the police vehicle and damaging the windscreen before the officer could get out of the car.
“Both occupants who got out were believed to be male, were masked and of solid build," Detective Inspector Dene Begbie said.
Support is being offered to the officer who was shot at, he added.
"It shocks the community and it shocks police as well and it's incredibly dangerous and fortunately in this case she hasn't been injured but she will be, as you say, shocked by it and it'll take her some time to deal with it. We're wrapping support around her and trying to help her through this but its a real difficult time for her."
It comes as police yesterday also confirmed they were investigating a kidnapping incident, which occurred late Monday night near Waipapa.
The kidnapping was reported to police about 8am yesterday after a man approached a Matauri Bay property asking for help. He did not suffer serious injuries in the incident.