Police are looking for a man armed with an axe handle who was seen chasing another man in New Plymouth this afternoon.
They were called to the incident about 1pm.
The man being chased escaped by running into a nearby dairy while the man with an axe handle got into a car and headed towards the port area, police said.
Police believe the pair are known to each other.
They would like to hear from any witnesses or anyone who may have information.