An elderly woman has been "smashed, bashed and left for dead" in what her family describes as a violent home invasion in Levin.
On Saturday, the 90-year-old opened her Bath St door to young girls after one said she needed to use the toilet. She was then allegedly brutally attacked before they stole items from the house.
"I'm sitting here in ABSOLUTE Shock. Our children's grandmother, my husband's mother, my mother-in-law. 90 years young," one family member posted to Facebook.
"Opened her door to [two] young girls, one needing to use the toilet.... smashed bashed and left for dead.
"Love you Grace. I'm so sorry this has happened."
Police say they are seeking the public's help to identify those responsible.
"Police are asking for the public's help following an incident in Levin yesterday which has left an elderly woman with serious injuries," says Manawatu Area Investigations Manager Detective Senior Sergeant Craig Sheridan.
"The victim remains in hospital in a serious condition. Enquiries into the circumstances of the incident are ongoing, and a scene examination is currently underway."
Police ask anyone who might have information about this incident or those involved to get in touch with police by calling 105 and quoting file number 191103/1009. You can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.