Man charged after serious assault in Whangarei

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A man has been arrested and charged in relation to a serious assault that left another man in a critical condition in Whangarei.

Police were called to an address on William Jones Drive in Otangarei just after 3pm on Sunday after a 42-year-old man was allegedly hit in the head with a piece of wood.

The man was taken to hospital with head injuries and has since been flown to Auckland hospital to be treated in the neuroservices ward.

He remains in a critical condition.

A 22-year-old man has been changed with wounding and will appear in the Whangarei District Court on Tuesday.

Police are not ruling out the possibility of further arrests.

Police are asking anyone who was at the address or those who were in the area and witnessed anything suspicious to please contact Whangarei Police Station on 09 430 4500 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.