After nine hours, the face of a man who had rendered a Napier suburb to a stand-still emerged from out of the darkness.

"The house is surrounded ... there is a phone at the doorstep ... pick it up ... we want to talk to you," a police negotiator said.

He retreated. But the negotiator continued. "Please come back outside now. Please follow our instructions. You are not going to be harmed."

The 25-year-old man, who has now been charged with unlawfully possessing a firearm, and discharging it, picked up the phone, delivered to the Onekawa address by an Armed