Hawke's Bay

Loo with a view voted NZ's best video

The public toilets at Clifton Road Reserve, near Haumoana, Hastings, have been declared the best loo in the country for 2015 by Keep New Zealand Beautiful.

You could call it a straight flush for Hastings: prettiest city and loveliest loos.

Most beautiful city, best loo

The beauty of Hastings is surely evident to every casual observer.

Hastings won NZ's most beautiful city, as well as best toilet - which had more entries.

Tree poisoning puts kids at risk

Napier Central School pupils under one of six native trees that were deliberately poisoned.

Police investigating "gutless" attempt to kill trees at a Napier primary school.

Kiwi drones crack into US airspace video

Altus business development manager Simon Morris with the company's Delta X8 drone.

A robust piece of Kiwi ingenuity is on threshold of cracking the US drone market.

Meth homes busted in Hawke's Bay


Hawke's Bay police have arrested two men after searching homes over methamphetamine dealing.

Cat-killer's a lamb at heart gallery video

Nanook the husky - once a predatory killer - has befriended a lamb.

A husky that once liked to kill cats and chooks has discovered his nurturing side.

Tuhoe's Pakeha priest

Ethnologist Elsdon Best, right, watches Gisborne man Aporo playing a nose flute in Poverty Bay, 1923.

An eccentric Tawa frontiersman became the world expert on Maori culture.

Rescued girl faces battle with cancer

Mum Fiona Cooch with her little battler, 8-year-old Matilda Kersjes.

A few months ago Matilda Kersjes won a battle against a sea. Today she is battling an illness.

Rapist gets preventive detention

Mongrel Mob member Robert Winterburn has been sentenced to preventive detention

Court rules judge erred by not imposing preventive detention on violent gang member.

Armed man arrested in Hawke's Bay

The armed offenders squad and a police negotiating team were deployed.

Man who had allegedly pointed a firearm at someone arrested by armed police.

Sentenced for illegal paua haul

Huge haul of illegal paua from Wellington coast lands man with home detention

Taking paua and selling it on the black market a "very serious problem".

New lease of life for 'deco duds' video

Mark Scofield, with one of the two art deco buses he bought from the Napier City Council one year ago.

A year after Napier's council sold its costly art deco buses, owner says "so far, so good".

From Hastings to NYFW gallery video

Tessa Paaymans is excited to follow in the footsteps of her idol Alexander McQueen and present work at New York Fashion Week.

Student Tessa Paaymans has been invited to exhibit at one of the world's top fashion shows.

Mahia, we have liftoff

Rocket Lab chief executive Peter Beck.

Rocket Lab plans to launch 'celestial waka' - aka satellites - from remote East Coast farmland.

Hawke’s Bay Hospital full

Peak season for coughs and colds has contributed to Hawke's Bay Hospital reaching full capacity.

DHB asks patients to seek medical care elsewhere unless their case is an emergency.

Two men seriously injured in group fight

Police are investigating an incident in Hawke's Bay that left two men seriously injured.

Two men have suffered serious injuries after a fight in Wairoa in the Hawke's Bay.

Brendon McCullum on course

NZ Cricket captain Brendon McCullum will be a special guest for the first day of the Bostock Spring carnival.

New CEO Andrew Castles announced special guest for the season's first Group One raceday.

Guildford helps catch alleged thief

Ex-All Black Zac Guildford has shown his versatility off the field by helping stop an alleged shoplifter in Napier.

Former All Black and Hawke's Bay team-mates Chris Eaton and Ryan Tongia thwart getaway of alleged shoplifter in Napier.

Singalong woos divided crowd

Views are held equally emphatically in the pro-amalgamation side of the debate.

A rare moment of harmony at public meeting on Hawke's Bay amalgamation.

Man dies after overeating

A disabled man obsessed with food has eaten himself to death, and a coroner has criticised his carers.

A coroner has criticised the carers of a food-obsessed man who ate himself to death.

No $1.2m payout for retirees

Judge Warwick Smith  found in favour of Somerset Smith Partners.

Judge says retirees who lost $1.2m in investments may have been vulnerable, but throws out claims.

Aryan battles on

Aryan Banerjee, 9, remains in hospital and has not regained consciousness after an accident on May 25.

First the nine-year-old boy was nearly strangled when he jumped from a window at school, now he's fighting infections.

Grim bumper sticker

The 1997 Silver Mitsubishi Lancer involved in a crash near Clive on August 8 that killed back-seat passenger Jesse Uncles, 21.

Emergency staff shocked by sticker on mangled car quoting dead Hollywood star Paul Walker at fatal crash.

Gichard's 55,000-km roadtrip

Bobbi Gichard is back training in Auckland after returning from her first swimming world champs in Russia.

Kazan last week, Singapore next week, Rio in 2016? Bobbi Gichard is taking it all in her stride.

Auckland house prices dip

After months of strength, house prices in Auckland paused for breath in July.

Auckland prices pause in July but sales across the country are the strongest for 10 years.

'Father of art deco party' dies

Robert McGregor, the man considered the father of Napier's art deco festival.

Robert McGregor was the driving force of Napier's first art deco celebration, in 1988.

Hastings dog found in Sydney

Baloo, who was reunited with his owner in Australia via a Hastings dog tag.

Baloo was a long way from home, but thanks to Facebook, he's back with his family.

Elderly man hit by truck

An elderly man was hit by a truck near Havelock North on Thursday morning

A man in his late-seventies seriously injured after being hit by a truck near Havelock North.

HBRU apologises for punishment error

Havelock North won the 2014 Maddison Trophy (pictured), but fielded ineligible players in this season's semifinal.

The Hawke's Bay Rugby Union (HBRU) has apologised for allowing Havelock North to play in the Maddison Trophy final despite blatantly playing two ineligible players in the semifinal.

Perfume Point causes a stink

Napier's Perfume Point - named because it was the site of an old sewer outfall - may be in for a new name.

Council votes to keep fragrant name for Napier's old sewer outfall.

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