CCTV captures 'horrific' beating, stabbing of Auckland delivery man

Police have released footage of an unprovoked and violent attack on a newspaper delivery man at an Auckland petrol station, in an attempt to identify the two offenders.

The pair carried out the assault at 3am on Sunday morning, as 46-year-old Soane Mateo was sitting in a Gull service station carpark in East Tamaki. Police say he was waiting to pick up newspapers for the day's delivery.

In disturbing footage from nearby CCTV cameras, the two perpetrators can be seen approaching Mr Mateo's vehicle, before opening his doors and attacking him.

They beat him violently while he's in his vehicle, before pulling Mr Mateo out onto the ground, where they stabbed him repeatedly.

The attack only came to an end when one of Mr Mateo's colleagues approached to offer aid, and they were scared off.

Police say the men were armed with a knife, firearm and a brick when they carried out the vicious assault.

Detective Sergeant Len Leleni says Mr Mateo could very easily have died as a result of the attack - and is lucky to be alive, let alone in a stable condition in hospital.

"This was a terrifying and completely unprovoked attack," Det Sgt Leleni said.

"We are appealing to anyone who recognises these offenders to contact police. Someone will know who they are and we're appealing to the families of these two offenders to do the right thing and hand them in."

Those with information can contact Counties Manukau Crime Squad on (09) 261 1321, or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 08000 555 111.