Police cordons have been lifted after armed police swooped on a rural area north of Tauranga, where explosions were heard this morning.
Police had earlier said the Armed Offenders Squad was conducting a search in a hangi shop in a rural area north of Tauranga, but would not release any further information.
A couple of loud bangs that sounded like explosions were heard about 9.15am, coming from behind the Whakamarama Superette.
It's on the main highway between Tauranga and Katikati.
NZME's John Borren was at the scene and said there was a "scattering" of police between Te Puna and Whakamarama and a heavy presence at the superette.
"There was probably 10 or a dozen Armed Offenders guys and an equal number of normal police officers who were all armed."
Barrett Rd in Whakamarama was closed for a time, but is now open again.