A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a convicted criminal on the run after escaping from the Tongariro Rangipo prison on Thursday afternoon.
Detective Senior Sergeant Todd Pearce says the warrant covers charges relating to Lex Miller's prison escape and the theft of a car.
He says Miller has a violent history, is considered dangerous and should not be approached.
Miller, who is 48, is believed to be driving a 1994 Silver Toyota Camry Sedan with the registration TC7281.
The police describe Miller as having sandy brown hair, a medium build and was last seen wearing a tan coloured shirt, blue jeans and white sports shoes.
The police say anyone who has seen Miller, or the car, should call Crimestoppers or 111.