Police are investigating the violent assault of a man in Whangamata, Coromandel who was trying to help save another man from an attack.
A 22-year-old man was punched, knocked to the ground and had personal items stolen after he tried to help a man who was being attacked by two other men, police say.
The attack happened at the intersection of Ocean Rd and Barbara Ave around 1:30am on Tuesday.
Police would like to identify the man who was first attacked as they believe he will have vital information.
Anyone who can identify the victim or has any other information is urged to call Whangamata police on (07) 865 0300 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 55 111.