A woman stabbed in the neck by an intruder in Dunedin today was undergoing surgery as police searched for her attacker.
Police say a man, who was unknown to the woman, broke into her Duncan St home about 9am and punched her and stabbed her in the neck after she answered a knock to her front door.
She managed to fend off the assailant and fled the address with her 3-year-old daughter.
The woman suffered serious facial injuries in the attack and was now being cared for in Dunedin Hospital, Senior Sergeant Kelvin Lloyd said.
The attacker has not been found.
The woman's daughter was unharmed, Lloyd said.
The mother and daughter managed to leave the address and a person driving by picked them up and took them to Dunedin Hospital, Lloyd said.
Police were today undertaking a scene examination at the woman's address and about 20 police staff were working on the inquiry.
The police are yet to speak fully with the woman and will do so when she recovers.
Lloyd said people living in the Duncan St area should take the usual precautions and be mindful of their safety.
The attacker was described as European, about 180cm tall with short hair and facial stubble. He was wearing jeans and a black hoodie.
Police were keen to speak with anyone who might have seen a person in the locality who fits the man's description.
They also ask people living in the Duncan St area to search their properties and if they find any items that do not belong to them to report this to police.
Anyone with information could contact Dunedin Police on 471 4800 or provide information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.