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Man arrested after holding woman hostage in Napier house

Report from RNZ
A 25-year-old man has been arrested after holding a woman hostage in a house in Napier. Hawkes Bay Police arrested the man at the Alexander Avenue home in Onekawa at about 2am today.

Cordons were stood down soon after and residents were able to return to their homes.

Police said everybody involved was safe and no one was hurt.

Police will remain at the address as further enquiries are made.

A police statement on social media described it as “a really good result”.

The Armed Offenders Squad and Police Negotiation Team were called to the house at about 2.15pm yesterday.

Four Napier schools – William Colenso College, Richmond Primary School, Maraenui Bilingual School and Henry Hill School – were in lockdown for about an hour and a half.

Tactical support staff from Levin were called to help the Armed Offenders Squad and a police negotiation team who were in the area.

King’s House church in Riverbend Road, opposite Pukemokimoki Marae, was asked to stay open to shelter residents who could not get into their homes.

Tala Sogafaiutumapu from Kings House Church on Riverbend Road said officers came to talk to her at 4.30pm.

“They basically asked if it was okay for people to come in, just like a place for them to be safe until they get the all clear.”

UPDATE from NZ Police
A 25-year-old man has been charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and discharging a firearm in relation to an incident at an address on Alexander Avenue, Onekawa. The man will appear at the Hastings District Court today.

Police thank the local community for their patience throughout this incident.