A man has been arrested in connection with a stabbing on Auckland's North Shore last night.

A 25-year-old man is in a critical condition in Auckland Hospital after he was stabbed in Birkenhead about 7pm.

Police arrested a 36-year-old unemployed man in Auckland today.

He will appear in the North Shore District Court tomorrow on charges of common assault.

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Police spokesman Kevin Loughlin said police were called to the Palmerston Road property following an altercation between two men.

The victim was stabbed in his upper right leg with a "large knife'', police said, and received life-threatening injuries.

The man was taken to Auckland Hospital by ambulance and underwent surgery.

- nzherald.co.nz