Hawke's Bay

Cop on assault charge

Court gavel

Policeman says he held a 13-year-old by the neck to help, not hurt him.

Police turned to social media to catch boy racers

Senior constable Andy Clinton talks tough about danger and damage caused by boy racers. \

Police are taking to social media to stamp out the "scourge" on Hawke's Bay roads

Land swap paves way for Ruataniwha dam

An artist's impression of the proposed Ruataniwha Dam.

The Department of Conservation has agreed to a land swap that would allow the controversial Ruataniwha dam to proceed.

Wild winds battering NZ gallery video

A huge dust cloud forms on the Mackenzie Basin as a result of the wind.

More gusts are coming in the wake of the severe gales that lashed parts of the country overnight.

Hospital cleared on superbug death

Andrea Tabernacle, of Napier, was training to be a nurse when she died in Wellington Hospital in 2009.

More than five years since her daughter's death in Wellington Hospital, Rozalia Biczo is still fighting.

Rainstorm cleanup underway

Te Pohue farmer Garth McVicar ponders damage to McVicar Road, his farm's only access to State Highway 5, after floodwater and debris blew a culvert. The road is now open but McVicar says there is a massive log jam that will take a lot longer to clear. His farm sustained considerable slipping that will need regrassing and the water supply was "wiped out" requiring considerable work to reinstate. But he says no fences were lost and there were also no stock losses due to the resilience of their deer and cattle and the good management of his daughter Tash. "Overall we still have a positive outlook as the water table was very low and the rain actually a blessing but we would have preferred it over six months than six days."

HAWKE'S BAY farmers are still counting the cost of a rain storm that killed thousands of lambs two weeks ago.

Drunk drive ends at police station

Two police stations sustained damage by alleged drunk drivers early on Thursday morning.

After smashing a window with his car keys, man waits in police yard for officers to arrive.

Treatment for Havelock North water

The chlorine recently added to the Richmond water supply is planned to be turned off this week.

Council adds chemical after finding "very low" levels of contamination in the town's water supply.

Holiday spent making apps

"Code Camp" teaches students a combination of technical and social skills that are highly sought after by IT company employers, camp organisers say.

A group of students are spending their break writing computer code, bringing hope to desperate IT employers.

Wife sees husband die

The busy intersection where SH2 meets SH2B north of Napier. A tourist died while crossing the highway on Wednesday.

Murray Anthony Reid died at a notorious Hawke's Bay intersection on Wednesday.

Cop's '10 seconds of madness'

Hawke's Bay police officer Shane Greville has been fined and disqualified from driving after a smash which injured an elderly woman.

Officer's "muscle car" collided with another vehicle at 91kmh in a 50kmh zone.

Seal attacks boy

A young boy has suffered puncture wounds to his arm, after he was attacked by a seal near Gisborne.

An 8-year-old boy has been attacked by a large seal at Mahia, south of Gisborne.

Knife-point robbery in Hastings

Police have released CCTV images of two men they are seeking following a knife-point robbery of the Gull service station on Omahu Rd in Hastings.

Police are hunting two men following an early-morning service station raid.

Missing Wairoa man found

Missing Wairoa man Kelvin Wayne Rangi has been found safe and well.

A Wairoa man who went missing on Friday has been found.

Search for missing man

Police fear for the safety of a missing Wairoa man.

Police fear for missing Wairoa man

False rape claim probed

An 18-year-old woman will appear in court next week charged with making a false complaint.

An 18-year-old who claimed she was attacked on a popular Taradale exercise track will appear in court next week.

Farmers, wedding party caught out by slip

A section of washed out McVicar Rd.

A weekend wedding is cancelled after a part of the road to venue was washed away in heavy weather.

Napier swimming centre set for earthquake strengthening

The Napier Aquatic Centre will remain open to the public while earthquake strengthening work is carried out by Napier City Council.

Napier's Aquatic Centre is the city's latest council-owned facility identified as needing earthquake strengthening work.

Hawke's Bay retain Ranfurly Shield

Hawke's Bay flanker Tom Stanley spills blood during a tenacious Ranfurly Shield clash against Auckland.

Hawke's Bay hold on against Auckland to retain Ranfurly Shield with 17-12 win on Thursday night.

East Coast drivers warned to take care

Land around the Ngaruroro River in Hawke's Bay is swamped.

Road closures, slips and surface flooding continue to hamper travel in Hawke's Bay and Gisborne.

Hastings confirms free city parking trial

City parking will be free in Hastings for at least four months.

Mayor warns the move will cost ratepayers up to $900,000 a year if it becomes permanent.

Brittle steel blame for bridge failure

The Hopuruahine bridge on the Lake Waikaremoana Track, where a cable gave way, plunging tourist into the river below.

The bridge plunged four tourists into the river and DOC now says it knows why.

Stink over Perfume Point settled

Napier's Perfume Point will not be getting a name change after all

Geographic Board heeds advice of locals, council and harbourmaster

'Aggressive dancing' banned

A four-day gospel music festival in Gisborne will fill the void left by the demise of the annual Parachute festival, organisers say

"Aggressive dancing" will not be tolerated at a gospel festival planned for Gisborne

Diversion considered for Cathedral entry

Two men were caught inside the Christ Church Cathedral about 2.15am Sunday and charged with unlawfully being in a building and theft.

Police will consider diversion for a Hawkes Bay man allegedly found stealing jewellery from inside the quake-damaged Christ Church Cathedral.

Hey boss, 'stick your job'

The Employment Relations Authority found that Hugh Britton was constructively dismissed.

Man's expletive-riddled outburst left the boss unsure if he'd quit, so he sacked him.

Sex offender's blog silenced

A blog run from inside prison by paedophile Stephen Shone has been taken down

Blog being run by a paedophile from prison is canned, but not on orders from the police.

Time expires on Hastings parking meters

Hastings District Council is planning to scrap parking meters in the city centre.

Council set to vote to scrap CBD parking fees in a bid to help struggling city retailers.

Gisborne flood victims' health concerns downplayed

A number of Gisborne properties were inundated by flood waters following this week's heavy rain.

Civil Defence says residents worried about sewage contamination were given incorrect information.

Angry driver clocked at 177kmh

Napier District Court, where Jonathon Lowe was fined $500 after being clocked speeding at 177kmh.

Jonathon Lowe says he was easing his anger after a row with his girlfriend.

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