Armed police and the Armed Offenders Squad are still at the scene of a Hawera property where reports state a man has a gun.
Initial reports said a person reported that a man was damaging their car on Waihi Road, Hawera, about 8:40am and had what appeared to be a firearm.
Cordons are currently in place with armed officers diverting traffic from the area.
Occupants in properties near the offender are currently being instructed to stay inside with immediate neighbors being evacuated earlier in the morning.
More to come..