3 Feb 2010

Man in hospital after patu used in fight

7:09 am on 3 February 2010

A man is in hospital after a patu, a traditional Maori weapon, was used in a fight in Port Waikato.

The patu is a club traditionally used for hand-to-hand combat.

Police say a man was stabbed in the chest and beaten on the head with one during a fight in the town on Tuesday evening.

He is in a stable condition in Middlemore Hospital.

Three people have been arrested.