One man has been charged and another is in hospital after a suspected stabbing in the Wellington suburb of Tawa yesterday.

A 31-year-old man has been charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. A police spokeswoman said he will appear in the Porirua District Court today.

Sources say the men involved are known to each other, and it may be a domestic violence incident.

A man told the Herald his brother had been stabbed and he hoped he would pull through.

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An agitated man was seen being taken into police custody. He was screaming obscenities at police officers from the back of the police car.

A police spokesperson confirmed officers had attended a "grievous assault". One man was arrested, and they weren't seeking anyone else.

‚ÄčA St John spokesman said a man was taken to Wellington Hospital in serious condition. He is now being treated for moderate injuries.

Naerby resident Gordon Mygind said he looked out his window to see a heavy police presence and a blood-soaked towel on the lawn.

He said it "scared the wits" out of him.

He understood the same family had lived at the Housing New Zealand property for about 30 years.

Another neighbour, who asked not to be named, said it was "very scary" to come home to the heavy police presence blocking off the quiet cul-de-sac.