Man stabbed in unprovoked attack at Auckland park

4:19 pm on 26 January 2017

A 72-year-old man was stabbed in the neck in an unprovoked attack at an Auckland park yesterday afternoon.

Little Rangitoto Reserve.

Little Rangitoto Reserve Photo: RNZ / Carla Penman

Police said the victim was having a picnic with family members in Little Rangitoto Reserve in Remuera about 4.30pm yesterday, when he was approached by a man he did not know, who tried to have a conversation with him.

This led to an altercation, in which police said the victim was struck in the neck. He did not require medical treatment.

The attacker, who was in his late teens or early 20s, was last seen running down Upland Road towards Benson Road.

Detective senior sergeant Paul Newman talks to media at Little Rangitoto Reserve.

Detective Senior Sergeant Paul Newman Photo: RNZ / Carla Penman

Detective Senior Sergeant Paul Newman said it was an unprovoked attack.

"The victim and his family are obviously very shaken by this incident. We are supporting them and have a number of staff working on this investigation.

"We want to assure the public that we are making a number of enquiries, including carrying out an area canvas and speaking with neighbours. We will have an increased police presence in the area while this investigation continues."

Police described the attacker as Caucasian with olive skin and a medium build. He was wearing dark clothing.

Witnesses were urged to contact police.

Mr Newman said at least 20 people, including young children, were in the park at the time.

The 72-year-old was lucky to suffer only a minor injury, he said.