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Four-hour hostage drama in Whitianga overnight

The incident unfolded on Arthur St in Whitianga. Image: Google/Stuff.

A woman was allegedly held hostage by her boyfriend overnight while he threatened to stab her and set the house on fire.

Police were called to the incident at Whitianga about 1am, police says in a statement.

"A man was holding his girlfriend at his home and threatening to injure her with a knife and set the property on fire," the police statement says.

The stand-off on Arthur St lasted almost four hours.

Armed police were flown in from Auckland to help, along with armed officers from Hamilton.

The woman sustained minor cuts and abrasions to her hands.

She was receiving medical treatment and being assisted by Victim Support.

A 36-year-old Whitianga man was arrested at the scene and is due to appear in Hamilton District Court on Wednesday, facing a raft of charges, including threatening to kill and male assaults female.

-Stuff.co.nz/Ruby Nyika.

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