Armed Offenders Squad callout in Pongaroa

CHRIS HYDE
Last updated 22:39 07/01/2014

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A woman is in custody after a five-hour ''standoff'' with armed police ended without injury.

Cordons were set up around the tiny Tararua town of Pongaroa as a domestic dispute - thought to be between a mother and her son - escalated into a weapon threat this afternoon, police central communications Inspector Bruce Mackay said.

About 5pm cordons were set up across Pongaroa's main thoroughfare, Route 52, around a house, the Pongaroa Hotel across the street and the fire station, and remained in place until about 10pm.

Senior Constable David Kirk said police in the cordon were dealing with ''a standoff'' as a result of a domestic incident.

Local traffic built up on Route 52 throughout the five hours, but the cordon had not affected many people, Mr Mackay said.

Charges were likely to be laid as a result of the incident.

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