A 33-year-old man has been arrested after reports of suspicious items at a Christchurch property.
The public were being asked to avoid Newcastle St as police and other agencies responded to the incident.
A police statement said they were speaking with the arrested man in relation to the incident.
Houses on Newcastle, Glasgow and Hoarrow Sts were evacuated as precaution.
The New Zealand Defence Force explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team, Fire and Emergency New Zealand and St John were also in attendance.