A man is fighting for his life in hospital after suffering
life-threatening stab wounds to his chest in a domestic
incident in Whakatane.
A 27-year old woman will appear in the Whakatane District
Court today facing charges of wounding with intent to cause
grievous bodily harm after a man was stabbed in Whakatane
Eastern Bay of Plenty police attended Whakatane Hospital last
night after being notified of the stabbing, which police say
appeared to be a domestic incident.
The man suffered serious injuries to his chest and was flown
to Waikato Hospital for emergency surgery. He is currently in
the Intensive Care Unit in a critical but stable condition.
Police are today carrying out an examination of the scene and
speaking to witnesses in and around the address - reported to
be in Hotene St.
"This has been an almost fatal incident which is,
unfortunately, domestic-related and very serious. We are yet
to establish the full reconstruction of events at the house
and will be carrying out a forensic examination today and we
are not looking for anyone else connected to the stabbing at
"I reinforce, family violence accounts for approximately half
of all murders annually in New Zealand and accounts for an
even higher number of serious assaults so I urge couples who
may be having difficulty at this time of year to seek support
from other family members, think before you react and
consider consequences," Detective Senior Sergeant Greg
- Rotorua Daily Post