A convicted child sex offender is on the loose after removing the ankle bracelet authorities were using to monitor him.
Daniel Livingstone was convicted in 2006 of the abduction and rape of a 10-year-old girl in Whangarei.
He was subject to an extended supervision order (ESO) and had been living in Upper Hutt since June.
The case has eerie parallels to the murder of Blessie Gotingco by Tony Robertson, another convicted child sex offender subject to an ESO.
Police were called Livingstone's address this morning by Corrections staff who notified them the tamper alarm on his monitoring bracelet had been activated.
When police got into his home they found the bracelet.
Due to Livingstone's criminal record, police hold grave concerns for the risk he may pose to the community - and himself.
He is described as a 1.75m Maori of medium build.
He may have medium-sized dark blue suitcase with a hard shell or a large maroon suitcase.
Police understand he does not have access to a vehicle.
He should not be approached.