Police are responding to an emergency incident in the Kelston area of Auckland on Tuesday, November 3. Media sources indicate that police are conducting a search operation in the area after receiving reports of concern about a person's wellbeing at approximately 14:00 (local time). Officials have placed three schools on lockdown as a precaution: Kelston Boys' High School, Kelston Girls' High School, and St Leonards Road School. St Leonards Road School reported in a Facebook post that all students are safe and accounted for. Further details surrounding the incident are awaited.
Heightened security, including roadblocks, and localized disruptions are ongoing in the area and should be anticipated in the immediate term. Associated disruptions should also be anticipated in nearby neighborhoods.
Those in Auckland are advised to avoid the area if possible whilst police continue search operations, monitor the situation for developments, and heed all instructions issued by authorities.