14,000 New Zealand police staff observe minute's silence for Constable Matthew Hunt

Police across New Zealand fell silent on Friday morning for one minute, paying tribute to fallen police officer Constable Matthew Hunt.

The minute's silence at 10:37am was to "remember the ultimate sacrifice of one of our own," Police Commissioner Andrew Coster said.

Hunt was killed last Friday after he was shot during a routine traffic stop in Massey, West Auckland.

Hunt's family spokesperson - his uncle Rob - said the family was grateful to NZ Police for honouring his life in this way.

"Matt's entire family is moved by this tribute from his other family," he said.

"A family of 14,000 policemen and women stood in silence along the length of New Zealand today in his honour. Thirty-three police have given their lives whilst performing the job they loved. We acknowledge them all."

Police districts were urged to mark the occasion as appropriate.

"From small gatherings, to wreath-laying, to brief pauses to reflect, as their way of acknowledging the loss of a colleague," Coster said.

In Wellington, a group led by Deputy Commissioner Wally Haumaha, paid tribute at the flagpole of Police National Headquarters.

Meanwhile in Porirua, staff and recruits gathered for a wreath laying and the minute's silence at the Memorial Wall at the Royal New Zealand Police College.

All police flags are also flying at half-mast.

Police say tributes around the country will be put together into a video which will be shared later on Friday.

Hunt started with the New Zealand Police as a member of Wing 312 on October 30, 2017.

He spent most of his career working at Orewa and Helensville Stations before moving to work on the Waitemata Road Policing Team at the Harbour Bridge. 

His family say it was Hunt's life-long dream to be a police officer.