The man suspected of beating a Wellington parking warden so badly that he required facial reconstruction surgery has been detained by police.
The warden will be out of action for a while following the incident, which took place outside Newtown School in southern Wellington on Friday morning.
The assault left the victim with a broken nose and fractured eye socket.
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Wellington City Council chief executive Kane Patena says the warden should make a full recovery, but it will take time.
"We understand that police are continuing with their investigation. I've heard they've made an arrest.
"I'm not entirely sure where that investigation is up to, but I'm pleased that a suspect has been identified and caught."
A 39-year-old will be charged with wounding with intent to injure, and will appear in court on Friday.
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Mr Patena says the attack can only be described as an "idiotic and gutless act of thuggery".
"To be assaulted in this way and to hear that he received quite serious injuries that resulted in him having to undergo surgery is quite disturbing."