A woman who arrived home while her house was being burgled was beaten and suffered serious facial injuries and skull fractures.
A 35-year-old man was arrested after the alleged assault on the 26-year-old woman at her property on Keith St in Palmerston North on Tuesday at 10.40am.
Manawatu acting area commander Inspector Dave White said the woman arrived home to find her house being burgled and was then assaulted.
The man was charged with burglary, aggravated assault and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
He would appear in the Palmerston North District Court on Thursday.
Police are not looking for anyone else in relation to the incident.