Police are hunting for a man who tried to rob a hotel in Lower Hutt.
They say he walked into a manager's office at the Angus Inn Hotel just after midnight on Saturday night and demanded money.
They say the manager, who had been working, yelled to other staff for help when the man stopped her leaving the room. The man then ran away.
He is described as a light-skinned Maori, with a slight build, scruffy hair and a goatee beard.
Police say he was wearing a beanie, a dark top and light tan pants, and was carrying a sports bag.