Police moved quickly to arrest an 18-year-old man after a teenage boy was attacked and stabbed multiple times during a fight on a Tamatea street in the early hours of Sunday.
The 15-year-old victim was in a stable condition recovering from surgery at Hawke's Bay Hospital in Hastings after he was stabbed in the chest, neck and back near York Ave about 1am. Hawke's Bay Police detective Stacey Bailey said it was likely he would be discharged from hospital this week.
Ms Bailey confirmed police had arrested an 18-year-old and he was charged with wounding with intent to assault and grievous bodily harm.
He appeared in Napier District Court yesterday where he was remanded on bail, granted interim name suppression, and will appear again in court on July 10.
The court also suppressed all details of the incident.
Ms Bailey said police were not looking for anyone else in relation to the assault but still wanted witnesses to come forward to help piece together what happened.
The 15-year-old had been at a party on Plunket St, Tamatea, on Saturday evening where police estimated there were more than 150 young people.
The mother who organised the party did not want to be named but was shocked to hear there had been an attack. She had organised the party for her son's birthday but was not prepared for the way numbers swelled as the night went on.
"We had six adult guardians at our party. There wasn't to be anyone under the age of 18 there as far as we planned.
"We checked everyone that came into the party to make sure they weren't carrying any weapons. They were only allowed one can (of beer) each and a lot turned up with more so we took their alcohol off them.
"We were trying to be responsible ... I am sorry to hear someone was hurt and I take full responsibility for everyone that was here at our party."
It was believed word of the party spread via Facebook. People from neighbouring parties reportedly began to congregate on the street.
"There were about four other parties, not just ours. Too many people turned up to our place so I had to call the police."
Police arrived about 12.30am and moved people from Plunket St into York Rd to disperse the unruly crowd.
Police said there was altercation between a number of people at the nearby intersection of Lancaster St and York Rd after a give way sign was broken by one partygoer. It resulted in several fights, which moved south towards Wharerangi Rd in the area of the Ranfurly St intersection.
Police believed it was where the 15-year-old was attacked during a fight. Officers distributed a flier to York Ave homes asking for neighbours to come forward with information.
"It is possible that a weapon has been discarded in this area on neighbouring properties," the flier said. "It is likely that people have hidden in gardens or on properties following the fight to avoid pursuers. Clothing or other evidential items may have been discarded."
Ms Bailey said police had talked to the victim in hospital. She said parents needed to take more control over parties and young people needed to take responsibility over their actions, control their drinking and realise there were consequences to their behaviour.
If people registered a party with police, more staff could be assigned to patrol the area, she said. "It at least gives us a heads up about what's happening ... Police resources were fully stretched getting the party under control."
York St resident Ellen Cavanagh also called police when she saw the street fill with teenagers. She spent Sunday morning cleaning up bottles and rubbish left behind by the crowd.
"Some of the kids only looked like they were 12 or 13 years old. Parents have to start taking some responsibility over letting their kids out at night."
Anyone with information about the stabbing should contact Ms Bailey at Hawke's Bay Police on 06 8310700. Information can also be left anonymously on Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.