A Rangiora primary school was locked-down as armed police searched for a man believed to be carrying a firearm.
Police were called to central Rangiora just before 1.30pm today after receiving reports of a man threatening to harm himself.
The man was believed to have a firearm.
A police spokesman said up to 30 officers attended the incident, including members of the Armed Offenders Squad, the Police Negotiation Team and local police.
Police initially went to a residential property on Rangiora's Victoria St, but the man had already left.
Cordons were set up in the area and St Joseph's School was locked-down temporarily as a precaution.
Police searched several other areas before the Police Negotiation Team made contact with the man by phone and found him in a vehicle near the Station Rd industrial area.
The man was not in possession of a firearm when he was found and was taken into custody without incident.
He has been referred to psychiatric services, the police spokesman said.
- The Press