A 24-year-old man has been arrested in relation to the assault of an on-duty police officer in Owhata, Rotorua last night.

The man is due to appear in Rotorua District Court tomorrow on a charge of attempted murder.

Bay of Plenty District Commander, Superintendent Andy McGregor said: "We are continuing to support the injured officer who is making good progress.

"He remains in hospital in a stable condition.

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"No officer should go to work and be faced with this sort of violence.

"This was a gutless attack on one of our officers and we are relieved to make an arrest."

The assault happened on Te Ngae Rd about midnight.