A woman has been assaulted in West Auckland after she was followed off a train in Sunnyvale on Friday evening.
Police say she was followed down a walkway towards Newham Place by a man who also got off the train.
Detective Sergeant Litherland says the man ttacked the woman from behind, grabbed her clothing and punched her in the face in an attempt to force her on the ground.
The woman resisted by kicking and punching him as well as scratching his face before he ran off.
Police are searching for him.