Tongan rugby league fans cause problems in Otahuhu

Police are warning the public to avoid the Otahuhu town centre after disorder on Saturday night.

Rugby league fans are streaming back from Hamilton after the historic victory against New Zealand in their World Cup clash.

A number of people have been arrested and police will remain in the area while the situation is managed.

It follows weeks of violence as Tongans and Samoans squared off in violent street battles after a young man burning a Samoan flag.

At the peak, an estimated 150-200 people gathered at the Otara Mall carpark carrying poles, sticks and even a machete. Six people were arrested for disorderly behaviour and possession of offensive weapons.

Other videos showed an ugly street punch-up in south Auckland, where a gang of yelling and screaming Samoan supporters surrounded a vehicle, while someone was attacked.

At the time, Counties Manukau West Area Commander Inspector Naila Hassan said it's important supporters out in public behave responsibly and with consideration for others.

"We want everyone to have fun and enjoy themselves, but most importantly we want everyone to be safe.

"We urge supporters to be respectful of the community, local businesses and residents at all times when out in public," said Inspector Hassan.

Police are appealing for both sides to reduce tensions.

"Overall supporters have been well behaved, however the actions of a small number of people have been disappointing," said Inspt Hassan.

"We want everyone to enjoy the tournament and have fun, but please remember to behave responsibly and show respect for others."