A gunman is still at large this evening following what police are calling a "firearms incident" in the Northland town of Ahipara
The search for the male continues after shots were fired at a house on Takahe Road on Monday morning.
Nearby Ahipara school, as well as an early education centre, were initailly placed on lockdown as a precuation, but cordons have since been lifted.
A significant police presence remains in the area as a number of enquiries are followed, and the authorities have confirmed they have recovered a "vehicle of interest" as part of their investigation.
Senior Sergeant Peter Robinson, of Kerikeri Police, said: "It’s believed the occupants of the property that was fired at were known to the offender, however we are unable to comment further at this stage.
"Police believe there is no immediate threat to general members of the public, however local residents are asked to report to police anyone acting suspicious around their property."