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Eight and a half hours later, the prisoner that escaped police custody is still on the run.

Ihaka Kawana escaped custody around 8.45 am this morning, this is the second time he has slipped out of police custody.

Ihaka is a 22-year-old Maori, 176cm tall and wearing a brown t-shirt and black jeans. He was last seen heading in the direction of Queen’s Gardens.

Police communications manager Barbara Dunn says they have yet to locate Ihaka.

“We are still looking for him, he hasn’t been located yet,” says Barbara.

“We have had some info come in from the public and we are following up on that.”

Kawana is considered dangerous and should not be approached.

Police are asking anyone with information on Kawana to call 111 immediately.