A man with apparent mental health problems has been masquerading as a city council worker.
Hamilton Central Business Association issued a warning for businesses to be on the lookout for a man posing as a council employee after receiving a complaint from one of its members.
The man was described as part-Maori, about 1.7 metres tall and sporting a ponytail.
Association general manager Sandy Turner said a business operator contacted her.
"She said the man was trying to assert council regulations and restrictions and things. When I went to the [council] GM about it, he went through and identified he wasn't actually a council employee but there had been some dealings with this particular person who I believe has got some sort of mental health issue."
Council communications adviser Stephanie Slattery said the council was aware of "speculations" of a man impersonating council staff but had not received any complaints.
People should contact police if they believed anyone was impersonating council staff.
- Waikato Times