A South Auckland high school was locked down on Thursday afternoon after students were confronted by a man with a gun.
Police say three students were standing outside Homai Bowling Club in Manurewa shortly before 3pm when two men, one of whom had a gun, pulled up in a green Subaru.
Area Commander Alan Shearer says the car was driven after the students as they ran into Memorial Park, before the passenger got out, wielding what looked like a rifle.
Mr Shearer says the students ran back to Manurewa High School, which was locked down for 45 minutes.
A police helicopter searched the area, but neither the vehicle nor its occupants have been found.