Police who shot and killed a man after a 15-hour hostage standoff in Tauranga yesterday are being backed for their lethal intervention.
Two children were being held by the man - armed with a machete - in the suburb in Bellevue.
In a statement, police told 1 NEWS only one bullet was fired, and the other loud bangs came from distraction devices.
"They would have done their threat assessment at the time they obviously thought the child was in danger and obviously they had to make that call at the time," Craig Tickelpenny of the Police Association said.
A former police negotiator also agrees with police actions, saying time was running out.
"The longer a situation goes on for, the greater the chance of it not going well, people get tired adrenaline's been running through their system," Lance Burdett told 1 NEWS.
Both children were taken to hospital but released last night, unharmed, but likely traumatised.
The officers involved have been stood down for 10 days, and face four separate investigations into whether their action was appropriate.