As stated by Canterbury District Commander Superintendent John Price:
Police have located a package containing a suspected explosive device and ammunition at a vacant address on Newcastle Street in Christchurch.
The NZDF EOD team have rendered the package safe.
A 33-year-old Christchurch man has been arrested and is assisting Police with enquiries.
We would like to thank nearby residents and members of the public affected by cordons and evacuations for their patience.
Cordons are being stood down.