Armed police continue to hunt for gunman

5:12 pm on 22 November 2016

Cordons have been lifted after a large armed police operation in the Auckland suburb of Glen Innes, but they continue to hunt for a man who they say is armed and dangerous.

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Photo: RNZ / Anusha Bradley

Police are seeking Daniel Kipa, 31, over an incident last night where a firearm was allegedly pointed at police.

Auckland Police are searching for Daniel Kipa.

Auckland Police are searching for Daniel Kipa. Photo: Supplied

The police said Mr Kipa had active warrants for arrest for breaching prison release conditions, and he had been evading them for some time.

He was earlier believed to be hiding out in the East Auckland area, and armed police have been in Glen Innes today, conducting the search. Several roads in the area were cordoned for some time, but have now been re-opened.

Detective Senior Sergeant Paul Newman said it was believed Mr Kipa had a firearm and urged anyone who saw him, or knew where he was, to call 111 immediately.

"We're also advising anyone who may be helping Mr Kipa evade police to think twice, as this is a criminal offence. Anyone found to have assisted Mr Kipa can be prosecuted," he said.

Mr Newman said Mr Kipa had multiple gang connections throughout Auckland and Hamilton.

He said he was a known methamphetamine dealer and user and the public should not approach him.

Police would not confirm where they were looking for Mr Kipa but said they were following multiple lines of inquiry.