A Mexican hitch-hiker was robbed at gunpoint in Hawke's Bay this afternoon.
The 30-year-old man was picked up on State Highway 2 at the Napier-Taupo Road turnoff, just north of Napier by three men in a ute.
The car was driven north towards Wairoa and stopped at Tutira for petrol.
The driver pulled the car over at the top of the Mohaka Hill near Raupunga about 2.30pm. The tourist was ordered out of the car with one of the car's occupants pointing a pistol at him.
The car, which was carrying the hitch-hiker's possessions, including a cellphone and a camera, then drove away.
Police said the man was badly shaken, but unhurt. A motorist came across him on the side of the highway about 10 minutes later and alerted police. Police are looking for the offenders, who are believed to be local.
- The Dominion Post