Police are appealing for sightings of a silver BMW car in Papatoetoe following an assault that left a 56-year-old man fighting for his life.
The victim and a friend were walking home from a function at 1.50am and were on St George St when they were both assaulted by a man.
The first victim, in his 40s, is believed to have been knocked out during the attack. When he regained consciousness, he saw his friend lying unresponsive on the footpath.
Police said the offender got into a silver BMW which was being driven by a woman.
A security guard who happened to drive past shortly after the incident stopped and provided assistance.
The 56-year-old man was taken to Middlemore Hospital and has now been transferred to Auckland City Hospital in a serious but stable condition.
The other man was not hospitalised.
Detectives have this morning (Sun) cordoned off an area near St George St and launched an investigation.
Police are yet unsure of what led to the attack.
They are appealing to the public for sightings of the vehicle and have asked for anyone with information on the incident to come forward.