A man has been arrested for an assault with a hammer earlier this week.

A 29-year-old man was arrested on Thursday in relation to the assault which occurred on Farndon Rd, Clive, at 5.50pm on Tuesday.

He appeared in the Hastings District Court yesterday afternoon.

A police spokesman said the man was arrested after police followed strong lines of inquiry.

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On Thursday morning, police were still hunting for the man who put another man in hospital following an altercation on Tuesday.

Police were called to the incident in which two men were fighting in the middle of Farndon Rd before one took off on foot.

The man hit by the hammer was moderately injured and was taken to Hawke's Bay Hospital to be assessed, the spokesman said.

A hospital spokeswoman said the man was discharged on Wednesday afternoon.

A dog unit and police searched the area for more than three hours but the other man, who was believed to still have the hammer, was not found.

Police closed Farndon Rd for a time while they searched the area and people were not able to access Clive War Memorial Pool.

Residents in Clive said they saw police with large flashlights driving past their houses multiple times and were advised to stay indoors and call 111 if they saw anything suspicious.

It is understood a tourist was picking up a hitchhiker before the altercation occurred involving the tourist's car on Farndon Rd.