Police have apprehended Brik Poi Poi after days of intense searching across Napier.

The manhunt earlier coincided with the presence of armed police in Napier and a helicopter flying over the city.

Police said the 40-year-old was arrested at about 10.30pm last night at a Marewa address.

The known gang member, reported to be 175kg, is believed to have links to Hawke's Bay and Waikato.

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Poi Poi was considered dangerous and police asked members of the public do not approach or confront him for their own safety.

Hawke's Bay Area Commander Dave Greig said the heavy police presence had been concerning for the public but officers were grateful for the patience and support.

It's understood Poi Poi would face a number of charges.