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Last updated 17:23 09/01/2014

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Police are hunting for a man who allegedly threatened a man with a golf club after a confrontation that started while the other man was mowing his lawn escalated.

Levi Hemana, 19, accompanied by a 17-year-old friend, allegedly drove past the victim's home in Helensville, 40 kilometres northwest of Auckland, on Monday afternoon.

As the car passed, the man mowing his lawn looked at Hemana who allegedly stopped the vehicle, got out and said: "What are you looking at?"

He then challenged the man to a fight and threatened him.

Police said Hemana got back into his car and drove away.

The victim followed the car as it travelled toward Parakai in an attempt to record the numberplate.

As the car parked outside a liquor store, the victim attempted to take a photo of the car but was seen by Hemana who then allegedly ran toward the man with a golf club, striking the car and smashing the windscreen.

The victim was then chased by Hemana and his friend, who was swinging a golf club, as he ran away up the road.

Police said the victim was then forced to hide behind a power pole and a signpost to avoid being hit. Hemana and his friend then allegedly fled.

The 17-year-old was arrested a short time later and has been charged with assault with a weapon and intentional damage.

A warrant has now been issued for Hemana's arrest.

He has previously breached his home detention after allegedly cutting off his electronic ankle bracelet.

Police said Hemana is dangerous and should not be approached.

Anyone who knows where Hemana is should call 111 immediately or call Crimestoppers anonymously on0800 555 111.

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