UPDATE: Auckland motorway incident

Photo: NZTA

UPDATE 5.10pm: NZTA is now reporting that the incident blocking Auckland's Southern Motorway has been cleared.

Motorists can, however, expect significant congestion in both directions.

UPDATE 4.25pm: NZTA says three south-bound lanes are now open, and one north-bound lane is currently open.

However, long delays can still be expected for north-bound motorists.

Updated 4pm: One lane has been reopened on the north bound side of Southern Motorway, both south bound lanes are open.

Earlier: NZTA are reporting that Auckland's southern motorway has been completely shut off to traffic in both directions due to a police incident. 

A police spokeswoman said officers said they had concerns for a person's wellbeing, and said the motorway would be closed until the incident was resolved. 

The north and southbound lanes are closed from Newmarket to Gillies Avenue, with the Gillies Avenue on-ramp also blocked off.

All traffic has been stopped before Mountain Road.

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