A Lower Hutt taxi driver beaten during an unprovoked assault on Christmas Eve still can't bring himself to return to work while police continue to search for the attacker.
The driver was repeatedly punched outside the Station Gardens complex about 9pm last Sunday, reportedly after a dispute over a seatbelt, before the attacker proceeded to damage the car.
Police said he only avoided worse injuries thanks to the intervention of a passer by.
"He undoubtedly saved the victim from serious head injuries," Detective Sergeant Underhill said.
"The victim is recovering with support, but is shaken and has not been able to return to work since the incident."
Police say they have strong leads in the case, but are now also calling for information from the public.
"There were people present on the night who recorded the incident - I'm interested in any footage that people have depicting the assault or the offender," Det Sgt Underhill said.