Suspicious package a false alarm
A suspicious parcel which prompted an evacuation at the New Zealand mail depot at Auckland Airport turned out to be a false alarm.
The evacuations and police precautions meant some brief delays for commuters going to the airport as roads were closed on the morning of October 10.
A NZ Post spokeswoman said the package had been located at the international mail centre.
Staff at the mail centre on Laurence Stevens Drive had alerted police around 7am, Senior Sergeant Rachel Dolheguy of Auckland Airport police said.
There was nothing of suspicion in the package and staff were able to go back to work, she said.
Police could not yet confirm what was in the package and inquiries were ongoing.The Fire Service, Ambulance and the Defence Force had helped at the scene as well.
A section of Tom Pearce Drive had been closed in both directions and affected commuter traffic to the airport’s domestic terminal, Dolheguy said. However, there had been no disruption to any flights and the roads were reopened by 11am with the airport back to business as usual.
It was standard protocol to evacuate the building until the package was assessed, the NZ Post spokeswoman said.
‘‘All staff are safe and emergency services are at the scene.’’
Police, the Fire Service, Ambulance, and the Defence Force were called to a suspicious package at Auckland Airport’s mail centre.