A early morning attack in central Auckland which left a man
on life support appears to have been random, police say.
Detective senior sergeant Peter Florence said the 25-year-old
had just walked out of the McDonald's near Britomart when he
had a brief exchange of words with another male who was on
"He's [offender] has just walked over to him and then punched
him," Mr Florence said.'
The single blow to his head caused him to fall heavily to the
ground and hit his head on the pavement.
The incident, which left the man unconscious, occurred at
Mr Florence said the offender - described as being
Polynesian, of solid build and wearing a light blue
long-sleeved shirt - left on foot walking towards Quay
It is understood he was with at least two other people. He
also had a tattoo on his right forearm.
A friend of the 25-year-old alerted emergency services to
"They weren't actually together when they came out [of
The man was taken to Auckland City Hospital, where he remains
on life support.
His family had been notified, Mr Florence said.
Police had already spoken to several witnesses and were
reviewing CCTV footage in their investigation.
Anyone with information on the assault should contact
Auckland police on (09) 302 6516. Information can also be
reported anonymously through the Crimestoppers line, 0800 555