Whakatane police set up cordons today after reports of a man
walking around the coastal settlement of Taiwhakaea
brandishing a high-powered firearm.
Senior Sergeant Bruce Jenkins said police were called at 9am
today, and then alerted the armed offenders squad from
"However, before the armed offenders arrived we managed to
arrest the person, a man in his early 40s, a short distance
from his house," Mr Jenkins said.
"He is now in custody and will be appearing before the courts
either this afternoon or tomorrow."
Under the Search and Surveillance Act 2012, the man's home
was searched and police found a high powered gun that had
allegedly been stolen in a separate incident.
"We also found other stolen property and an amount of
Mr Jenkins thanked the people of the Taiwhakaea community for
"It's good to see people working together to keep their
- The Daily Post