A "disturbingly violent" man, who has fled while on parole, is being sought by police.
They were appealing for information on the whereabouts of Te Aroha man Cameron Lee Ashby, but warn he should not be approached.
Hamilton inquiry section supervisor Sergeant Robert Isaac said since May 2000, the 34-year-old had amassed a "disturbingly violent criminal history".
"Sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment in 2005 Ashby was released on parole but has since breached his parole conditions.
"He also has a history of carrying firearms and/or knives and we urge anyone who recognises Ashby not to approach him but to ring 111 immediately," Isaac said.
According to the release decision from the Parole Board, he was serving a 10-year sentence for aggravated robberies.
His sentence is due to end on October 11, 2014.
A number of special conditions were attached to his release, including not to contact victims of his previous crimes, and not to possess or consumer alcohol or drugs.
Ashby was described as Maori, of medium build and about 180cm tall.
He had known connections in the Hamilton, Waihi, Paeroa and Karangahake Gorge areas.
Anyone with information on Ashby's whereabouts was asked to call Sergeant Isaac at Hamilton Central police station on 07 858 6200 or the anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.