Labour Mayoral candidate Phil Goff told the Herald that the measures were a cost cutting exercise.
The stations or community police centres due to shut their doors in Auckland City have been named as Mission Bay, St Heliers, Panmure, Ellerslie, Ponsonby, Balmoral, Waiheke, Onehunga, Newmarket and Mt Wellington.
Mr Goff said police sources had also informed him that the closure decision has been made by the Executive Leadership Board of the New Zealand Police based on the Front Counter Safety Project.
Mr Goff said the decision was cost-cutting masquerading as health and safety measures.
"Police tell me the real motivation behind this decision is to cut costs by recentralising police operations at the expense of community access to policing services."
Police statement re claims of station closures
Media statement from Acting Assistant Commissioner District Operations, Bruce Bird
In response to a number of media queries received today, claims that 16 stations in Auckland will close is incorrect.
As outlined in a statement issued by Police last week, a new set of infrastructure design features are being introduced to enhance safety at police front counters. The new features are designed to deal with the most likely threats at publicly accessible police premises.
Phil Goff wrong on Auckland police stations closing to the public
Phil Goff’s claim tonight that Auckland police stations are closing to the public is false, says Auckland Mayoral candidate Vic Crone.
"I have spoken to the Minister of Police who assures me, that to the best of her knowledge, Phil Goff’s claims are untrue and plainly speaking utter garbage”, says Vic Crone.
“This is more scaremongering from Labour, something its MPs have become very good at of late. Unfortunately, in this instance, Phil Goff is also smearing the good name of the New Zealand Police in the process. I find that unacceptable.
Ms Crone says it is also evident Phil Goff is blatantly using his parliamentary position and resources to campaign for the Auckland Mayoralty.
"A quick look at his written parliamentary questions to the Minister of Police in recent times show they all relate to Auckland and many relate to issues he has commented on as a Mayoral candidate.
“Phil Goff should decide whether he is an MP or a candidate for Mayor of Auckland, both are full time jobs and both deserve his full attention.”