A man is in custody after he tried to snatch a three-year-old girl in a Porirua suburb this afternoon.
Police said the child and her father were walking on Exploration Way in Whitby about 3pm when a stranger walked up to them and tried to grab the girl.
There was fight between the two men, but no one - including the girl - was injured.
Officers said the man who grabbed the girl was in police custody and charges were likely to be laid.
The police were investigating.