Police descended on an area in Auckland's North Shore after reports of a suspicious package.

A police spokeswoman said they were called about midday by someone reporting a suspicious-looking item in front of a property on Stanley Point Rd.

It appeared the item was a piece of historic military equipment, she said.

"Our main role was to ensure the public's safety and there was no threat to the public."

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The NZ Defence Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team also attended the incident.