Police in Hamilton are appealing for witnesses to an assault on a man in the central city in the early hours of Friday morning to come forward.
Police say a man, 20, was assaulted at the corner of Hood and Alexandra Streets about 3.30am.
They say calls to 111 described the man being attacked by three men and receiving kicks to the head while on the ground.
The victim was taken to Waikato Hospital with serious head and facial injuries. He has since been discharged.
The scene, outside a restaurant, has been cordoned off while a forensic examination is carried out.
CCTV footage is also being reviewed.