The Prime Minister said supermarket workers often encounter people in distressful situations.
A witness says officers are going door to door.
A press conference is scheduled to begin at 5:15pm.
She had been attending a family harm incident in Pine Hill at the time of the attack.
The 71-year-old served three terms as Dunedin Mayor before stepping down in 2019.
"We knew what the situation was and could then advise the helicopter."
"It is illegal to disturb, harass or kill [the gulls]".
As conditions have improved - so too have values.
Boxes of fresh fruit and vegetables are being handed out.