A 65-year-old woman is in Dunedin Hospital with facial injuries after a home invasion in Kaka Point near Balclutha last night.
Two men with their faces concealed entered the woman's home at 6pm and assaulted her with a piece of wood before running from the scene, police said last night.
Two members of the public were also assaulted by the pair as they left the property.
The woman was flown to Dunedin Hospital with serious facial injuries and the two members of the public were treated for minor to moderate injuries at Balclutha Medical Centre.
Senior Sergeant Craig Brown of Dunedin police said the offenders were described as being of Maori or Pacific Islander appearance, aged between 18 and 20, and about 1.7m tall. Both men were described as having slim/muscular builds. One of the males was wearing a dark blue hooded top, blue jeans and black shoes.
Police asked that anyone who was in Kaka Point around the time of the incident and might have seen the offenders entering or leaving the property to contact police.
"It is believed a number of people may have witnessed events following the burglary and police would appreciate hearing from those people," Mr Brown said.