Police are hunting a man who attacked and bit a woman as she walked her dog on a Hastings walkway.
Detective Grant Jarvis said last Tuesday afternoon a middle-aged woman was walking her dog at the Kenilworth Rd end of the walk track that runs alongside the railway line when a young male approached her.
The man grabbed the woman and bit her finger, Mr Jarvis said.
The woman's dog leapt to the defence of its mistress and bit the male on the inside of his leg, drawing blood.
The offender was last seen running on to Kenilworth Rd. He was described as a male, dark-skinned Maori in his early 20s, of a tall, medium build and wearing canvas black shoes.
He also wore black rugby socks with blue hoops on them and a red hoodie.
Mr Jarvis said the woman had had difficulty recounting the attack to police.
She told police her attacker did not seem under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Police want members of the public to come forward with any information that may lead to the arrest of the man.
"We are interested in any information of sighting of this male that may have injuries to his thigh."
Mr Jarvis can be contacted on (06) 873 0500 or information can be supplied anonymously to the free Crimestoppers line.