The improving condition of an Auckland boy who was stabbed at school last month means it is less likely his attacker will face any charges.
The 11-year-old was attacked with a pair of scissors at the Pacific Christian School in Mangere.
The boy had been in a coma at Auckland's Starship hospital. His condition has now improved from critical but stable, to stable. The hospital was giving no further details about his health.
Police say a boy, also aged 11, who is believed to be behind the attack is still in the care of Child, Youth and Family.
According to New Zealand law, children under the age of 12 can only be charged with murder or manslaughter.