The two woman attacked during the theft of a car in Auckland yesterday have been described as "very brave" by police today.
Two men beat a 55-year-old woman unconscious in Auckland's Pt Chevalier last night before making off with her car.
The woman's daughter tried to help and was also attacked.
Speaking to media today Detective Senior Sergeant Glenn Baldwin described the attack as "really alarming".
"It's really alarming when you walk out of your home and you're set upon by a couple of violent offenders like that who are committing a crime," Mr Baldwin said.
A blue 1998 Volkswagon Polo similar to the one stolen.
Source: Rudolf Stricker/Wikimedia Commons
"They need to be caught, it's not on … this kind of carry on can not carry on."
Mr Baldwin added: "They're both very brave … she's been set upon and they've both acted with tremendous courage."
Police said in a release that the woman was walking to her car in Sutherland Road about 7pm last night when she came across the two men trying to break into her neighbour's car.
The men then punched and kicked her unconsciously before taking the keys to her 1998 blue Volkswagon Polo hatchback, registration CYJ547, and fleeing the scene.
Police found the stolen car this morning about 9.30am in Mt Albert, and are now trying to trace its movements and find the men responsible.
They are described as being Maori or Polynesians in their early-to-mid 30s of stocky build.
One had very short black hair, possible shaved and he was wearing a long-sleeve white t-shirt and dark pants with Nike shoes.
The second man was wearing a blue windbreaker jacket with a hood and black pants.
Police are urging anyone with information on who these men might be, or on the whereabouts of the blue VW last night between 7pm last night and 9.30am this morning to call them on 09 302 6557.
Information can also be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.