Police are looking for a man considered to be dangerous after "a serious assault" in Tauranga.

Detective Sergeant Louise Curragh said Joel Ross Matiu, 26, is wanted in relation to the assault in Henderson Crescent, Merivale on Saturday afternoon.

Matiu has links to the wider Western Bay of Plenty, Rotorua and Matamata areas.

He is considered dangerous and should not be approached by members of the public, Curragh said.

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Any person knowing the current whereabouts of Matiu is asked to call 111 immediately.