UPDATED 3.59PM: Gun shots have been reported in the Eastern Bay as police monitor a gang funeral in Whakatane.
Police have been closely monitoring a large group of gang members travelling between Kawerau and Whakatane in a funeral procession, says a police spokesperson.
"A motorcade of more than 100 cars carrying Mongrel Mob members left a tangi at Kawerau at around 1pm and travelled through Taneatua on the way to Whakatane."
Around 15 police officers, as well as Armed Offenders Squad staff from Tauranga and Rotorua, have been involved in monitoring the procession.
"At around 3.15pm shots were fired near the corner of Valley and Arawa Roads.
"Police have since arrested several people and enquiries are continuing."
The procession has now reached its destination at Hillcrest Crematorium and Police has closed the entrance and will prevent anyone else from entering.
"Police will once again closely monitor the situation when the motorcade leaves the crematorium."
At this stage that is all the information available.
AOS squad members make an arrest at a service station today. Photo: Supplied.
A large cavalcade of Mongrel Mob and Black Power members are travelling around the Bay as part of a funeral procession.
SunLive has received numerous calls from members of the public reporting the gang members and a large police presence in Whakatane.
A police spokesperson says officers are closely monitoring the group of gang members, who are travelling between Kawerau and Whakatane as part of a funeral procession.
“A motorcade of more than 100 cars carrying Mongrel Mob members left Kawerau at 1pm and travelled through Taneatua, on its way to Whakatane.
“About 15 police officers have been involved in monitoring the processions.”
There have also been reports of shots being fired in the area. This is yet to be confirmed by police.
Armed police are in the area.
Police received multiple calls about the fight, which was outside the funeral home on the corner of Cleary Avenue and Awatapu Drive.
“The disorder occurred during a funeral procession for a Mongrel Mob member who died in Kawerau on Thursday,” says police.