Police have been called to a Wainuiomata shop after receiving reports of a brawl.
They arrived at the incident on Queen St, in the Lower Hutt suburb of Wainuiomata, just after 7pm on Monday.
A member of the public said a shopkeeper had been “bashed over the head” by a suspected shoplifter.
A police spokeswoman confirmed they had received reports of fighting in the shop.
“They think one person was trying to steal food.”
The spokeswoman said no one was injured in the incident and the parties had since left the scene.
“Police will be making further inquiries, but at this stage it appears nothing was stolen.”
Initial reports suggested the owner of the supermarket was trying to defend himself.