Mayors in Northland say their communities are concerned by rising gun violence in the region.
A shoot-out with police near Dargaville is the fourth gun related incident in the area in less than five weeks.
A man was shot three times by officers after he shot a police dog.
Both the man and the dog are in a stable condition.
Sheryl Mai is the mayor of Whangarei and Jason Smith is the mayor of Kaipara.
They speak to Susie Ferguson.