Manhunt launched after police dog shot and killed

A MAJOR manhunt was underway in Porirua, New Zealand after a police dog was shot and killed.

Police staff visited an address in Kokiri Crescent this morning looking for a person they wanted to arrest.

While there, that person presented a firearm, and shot and killed the police dog.

A police officer has also been injured while jumping from the second storey of the house at the centre of the incident.

A helicopter has been sent to provide medical assistance.

Police staff, including the Armed Offenders Squad, are currently searching for the offender, who has left the residential property and is reported to be armed.

People are being advised to avoid the area.

Any friends or whanau of Mr Tekira who have knowledge of his whereabouts are asked to contact them.

Police are also asking the public to keep an eye out for a male Maori, with short black hair, wearing a dark top and shorts, and possibly carrying a firearm.

If anyone sees him they should not approach him, and should phone 111 immediately.

The public is being advised to stay away from the area around Kokiri Crescent.

Police cordons and mobile patrols are in place.

A witness was driving on State Highway 1 when he saw around 20 police cars speed past, heading north of Porirua.

"Just heading towards Whitby, a lot of squad cars and certainly some armed offender [squad] cars going north."

Another witnessing said: "They are at the top of Loongana Street, Waitangirua, and the actual police are carrying guns as well.

"It's all up that area so everyone's been diverted down Whitford Brown [Ave]."

She said she can see at least seven officers and eight police cars.

- Newstalk ZB