According to the NZ Herald website and its video, about 11 pm last night, police were called to reports of a domestic incident between a 44-year-old man and a woman at a property in Waikanae.

When police arrived at the house they found the woman unharmed.

Before the police arrived the man fled in a vehicle; other officers began searching for the man.

His vehicle was later seen around the Mana Esplanade area, about 30 km south of Waikanae. The man approached a police car and threatened an officer with a large machete about 12.30 am.

Police, fearing for their safety, shot him.  Paramedics were called but he subsequently died.

Police had been conducting a scene examination near Mana Esplanade today. An air-rifle was found in the man’s car

More specific details about what happened would emerge as investigations continue.

Reading between the lines, it seems likely this man was a drug dealer and user.