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A man is to appear in Tauranga District Court today after a woman was stabbed late last night in a dispute between neighbours.

Police were called to a home in Cambridge Road, Tauranga, about 11pm after an altercation.

Detective Sergeant Darryl Brazier, of Tauranga CIB, said an earlier verbal exchange between two women had developed into a physical confrontation, with a man from one of the houses joining in.

"The subsequent melee resulted in one of the females involved receiving a stab wound to her back," he said.

The woman, a visitor from Australia staying with relatives, was treated in Tauranga Hospital for a single stab wound and was discharged early today.

Mr Brazier said a 33-year-old sickness beneficiary faces one charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and will appear in Tauranga District Court today.

- NZPA