Police have laid charges in relation to an assault on Maraekakaho Road, Hastings last night.
A 19-year-old man will appear in Hastings District Court today charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
Detective Inspector Mike Foster says the victim, a 56-year-old man, remains in Hawke's Bay Hospital in a critical condition.
"Police are speaking to a second person who is helping with enquiries.
"We believe this is an isolated incident."