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A hitchhiker has been robbed at knifepoint by the driver who stopped to give him a lift in Matamata.
Police are currently supporting the victim, who was robbed of several hundred dollars about five minutes after getting into an old red Nissan car on State Highway 27 at 5.30pm on Sunday.
Matamata is a rural town at the base of the Kaimai Ranges, near the Hobbiton tourist attraction.
The driver pulled over, pulled out a knife and demanded money from the male victim, Senior Sergeant David Raffan said.
"The victim has handed over several hundred dollars and got out of the vehicle.
"Police are working with the victim and are ensuring he is supported at this time."
Police said they were making inquiries into the incident and would appreciate hearing from anyone who was in the wider Matamata area about 5pm yesterday who may have seen the red Nissan car.
People with information can contact Matamata Police on 07 888 7117 and information can also be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.