A monk has been assaulted and handcuffed during a burglary at Bombay, south of Auckland.
The police say the monk managed to phone for help after the offender left the Buddist Temple on Beaver Road just after 8.30pm on Friday.
It's not clear if anything was stolen.
The police say communication with the victim, who is Vietnamese, has been challenging because of language difficulties.
They say they do not know whether the offender was acting alone.