“We acknowledge that today’s incident will be concerning to the wider community,” he said, adding the further arrests were likely.
The first case will be heard in Blenheim District Court tomorrow.
The cordons in the area have been lifted, but police will remain active in the area as their investigation continues.
Police have set up a special webpage where individuals may contribute pictures or videos of the occurrence. It may be found at https://alaia.nzpolice.org/.
Police can also be contacted by phoning 105 and stating event number P046918039 or case number 210620/6521, or by contacting Crime Stoppers anonymously at 0800 555 111.