A Marlborough woman who woke to find a stranger in her bed on New Year's Day says she no longer feels safe in her own home.

Kittiya Nuandee, 20, was sleeping on a mattress on the bedroom floor next to a 10-year-old girl when a stranger came into the room and lay down between them.

The man had climbed through the window of another room of the house in Budge St, Blenheim, around 4am.

He fled after Ms Nuandee's mother confronted him with a small knife and scissors, cutting his hand and arm.


Ms Nuandee said she was too frightened to return to the bedroom after the burglary and had slept in her mother's room every night since.

"I can't even go into that room," she told Fairfax media.

"No one goes into that room."

Police continued to search for the intruder, and items of interest had been submitted for forensic examination said Detective Senior Sergeant Ciaran Sloan.

A scene examination had been completed and items of interest were submitted for forensic examination, Sloan said.

The man was described as dark skinned, about 174 centimetres tall, with a shaved head.

He was wearing knee-length shorts, cream-coloured jandals and a dark blue long-sleeved zip-up top with red lines around the middle.

He might have unexplained injuries to his hands and arm.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Blenheim Police on (03) 578 5279 or Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.