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Windows were broken, apparently with a brick, to gain entry to Premium Tyres & Auto on Linwood Ave at about 6am on Wednesday.
Fire and security alarms alerted Fire and Emergency NZ and police to the incident.
Police are still at the tyre shop and a spokeswoman said it was unclear if anything had been stolen.
He said it was hard to say how much damage has been caused.
"The kitchen is looking pretty black," he said.
"Just another day at the office."