A man has been left in critical condition after reports of a stabbing near Opotiki.
Police said the incident occurred at a property on Waiotahe Valley Road in Waiotahi just before 7.30am.
The man was taken to Whakatane Hospital, they said.
Police said the people involved in the incident were known to each other and that they know the identity of the offender and are trying to find him.
The scene is being examined.