Man detained after Queenstown stabbing

An Otago man wanted in relation to a stabbing in Queenstown last weekend has been detained by police in Australia.

Two men were flown to Dunedin Hospital, one with critical injuries and one with serious injuries, following a brawl in the early on Sunday morning in Camp St.

They are both in a stable condition.

In a statement, police said the Otago man was detained by Australian Federal Police about 7pm on Monday.

Police were working with both Australian police and the New Zealand Police liaison office in Sydney to have the man returned to New Zealand. The timeframe for that was yet to be confirmed.

Another man has been identified regarding the bottling of another male involved in the brawl, and will be spoken to by police.

Detective Senior Sergeant Malcolm Inglis, of Queenstown, said he wanted to thank those involved early on Sunday morning - from the nearby security guards to other members of the public who tried to stop the fight and separate the two groups.

''I'd also like to commend the officers who first arrived on scene, who administered first aid to the victim who had life-threatening injuries.

''The investigation team has worked extremely hard over the past two days to get a resolution in this case, as this type of offending is rare for the Queenstown area.''

Queenstown police continue to investigate the incident and remain keen to hear from anyone who saw what happened or who had information that might assist.

An Australian man who asked his friend to shoot him with an air gun is refusing to identify the friend.

Sergeant Steve Watt, of Queenstown, said the 26-year-old would also not tell police where the incident occurred, or where the gun was now.

Police were called to Lakes District Hospital on Sunday after he turned up with pellets in his abdomen and leg.

The man told police he asked his friend to shoot him because he ''wanted to know what the pain level was'', Sgt Watt said.

Police wanted the other man to turn himself in.

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