A 22-year-old woman is in Hawke's Bay Hospital after a serious assault in Camberley, Hastings.

Detective Senior Sergeant Brent Greville said they are currently investigating the serious assault and inquiries are continuing to "try and ascertain who's caused those injuries to her".

A police cordon was set up on Station Rd, Whakatu today about 11am.

Asked about police activity in Whakatu and Clive this afternoon, Greville said all he could say was there had been a serious assault.

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Police were advised of the woman's injuries after she was taken to Hawke's Bay Hospital early today.

She is in a critical condition in intensive care.

A scene examination is under way at an address in Hastings where the assault was believed to have occurred. A number of people are assisting police with their inquiries. No further information is available at this time.