A surfer has been bitten on the leg, reportedly by a white pointer, at a Southland beach this evening.
The man was out surfing at Porpoise Bay Beach about 8.30pm, when he was bitten three times, Inspector Murray Hurst of police southern communications said.
The man suffered upper leg injuries and lost a lot of blood. He was flown by helicopter to Southland Hospital.
A St John spokeswoman said he suffered a deep laceration and was in a serious condition.