A man is in a critical condition in hospital after being shot in Christchurch.
The police say they were alerted at about 2pm today to an incident near Hereford St in the central city.
A scene examination is under way and officers are talking to a number of people.
Detective Senior Sergeant Craig Farrant said the incident does not pose a threat to the community.
"Police want to reassure the community that while firearm events always present an unacceptable risk, it's believed there's no ongoing risk to the general public."
Police are working to identify those involved and are asking witnesses to come forward.