Armed police have rushed to the student quarter in Dunedin after someone was seen brandishing what appeared to be a gun.

A police spokeswoman said they arrived on Reigo St at 3.08pm after the report.

The person who reported the incident said a person had brandished what appeared to be a gun and asked them whether they though it was real.

Police were in the process of accessing CCTV footage to examine the incident.

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Otago Polytechnic's Dunedin School of Art had been evacuated and police officers, some of whom were armed, were taking statements from people outside.

A cordon was in place.

A member of the Dunedin dog sections and his police dog were seen rushing into the building.