Hastings police responding to what they thought was a domestic dispute say they discovered a dispute over a cannabis crop instead.
Police were called to a St Aubyns Street West address at about 3.30pm yesterday after neighbours became concerned at screams coming from the property.
Senior Sergeant Clint Adamson said that when police arrived they found the occupants had a cannabis-growing operation.
"It appears some other people have come along to take the crops from them and a confrontation ensued," Adamson said.
A 28-year-old male who lived at the property had been arrested and charged with cultivating cannabis, he said.
The man will appear in Hastings District Court this week. It was unclear how much cannabis was at the property and how much was allegedly taken, Adamson said.