Hawke's Bay

Chasing childhood cop dreams

Ethiopian Samrawit Abrham, 18, hopes her grip would be strong enough to pass the police cadet test. More than 60 people turned out to Wellington police's ethnic recruitment day on Saturday to find out what it takes to become a cop.

A basketballer, a recent refugee, and a 50-year-old mum were among those dreaming of wearing the blue uniform.

Staff involved in blackmarket issued warning

Hawke's Bay Seafoods premises were raided by MPI compliance officers on Wednesday

Seafood company co-operating with authorities over investigation into blackmarket operation.

Opening performance honours Tama Huata

Tama Huata, Hastings, was the founder of the National Waiata Maori Music Awards, an annual event honouring those working in Maori music.

The opening performance of this year's National Waiata Maori Music Awards will be a special tribute to the event's founder.

Animal control officer cleared of beating dog

Albert, the nine-year-old English bulldog, which was allegedly beaten by Hastings District Council animal control officers. The allegation has been disproved

Hastings District Council said an independent investigation had disproved allegations that one of its animal control officers beat a dog.

Guildford cops four-week ban

Zac Guildford pleaded guilty to a lifting tackle charge and will spend four weeks on the sidelines.

Hawke's Bay winger Zac Guildford has been suspended for four weeks for a lifting tackle.

Land-swap challenge to dam

Hawke's Bay Regional Council wants to build a 7km-long irrigation reservoir near the foothills of the Ruahine Forest Park.

Forest & Bird oppose conservation land flooding proposal

In the realms of magic

A wall of ideas in Israel Tangaroa Birch's Ashhurst  studio.

Murmuration is the synchronised movement of birds and it is also the title of artist Israel Tangaroa Birch's latest exhibition. Carly Thomas spoke to the artist about traditional and contemporary art, and Maori magic. 

Bid to lure girl, 12, into car

Police are searching for two men who tried to lure a Havelock North schoolgirl in to a car.

Hawke's Bay police search for two men who pursued girl as she tried to run away.

Bay residents unaware of tsunami risk

All of urban Napier is included in newly released red, orange and yellow tsunami risk zones, except the city's central hill suburbs, shown here in dark shades.

Civil Defence believes its 'run for the hills' message has not got through.

Mail thief jailed

Post boxes across Manawatu and Hawke's Bay were targeted by a group that used a fish hook to steal mail.

Thieves used fish hooks to pilfer thousands of items from postboxes in Hawke's Bay and Manawatu.

Organic oil a finalist in global beauty awards

Georgina Langdale's business Archeus is a finalist with her  Vi.tal Ink Tattoo Conditioning Oil in the Pure Beauty awards

A hand-crafted, artisan product from Poraiti is making its mark internationally.

Ministry swoops on illegal fishers

Compliance officers from the Ministry of Primary Industries carried out raids against black market fishing as part of 'Operation River' on Wednesday.

Dozens interviewed, four boats and eleven vehicles seized in morning raid.

One in four amalgamation votes cast

Hawke's Bay voters are being asked to vote yes or no to a proposal to create a regional super council.

Almost a quarter of Hawke's Bay voters have had their say in the region's amalgamation poll but the returning officer says it is too early to predict the final turn-out.

Don't be cruel, begs noisy Elvis video

Elvis impersonator Craig Martin is upset a neighbour called noise control when he practiced at his Napier home

Impersonator told to turn down his practice sessions after noise complaint.

Judge upholds nurse convictions

Two nurses, a mother and daughter, have been questioned over the source of tens of thousands of dollars.

Bank alerted police after noticing transactions involving large amounts of cash.

Mayors welcome Jetstar to the Bay

A mock-up image of a 50-seat Bombardier Q300 turbo-prop aircraft in Jetstar livery.

Mayors welcome economic boost for the region.

Autographs give charity a rev-up video

Megan Harris is selling her "All Black Signature Car" to raise money for the Child Cancer Foundation.

Bidding war set for well-traveled Toyota signed by more than 200 All Black greats.

Dog's teeth broken - owner

Albert, the nine-year-old English bulldog, which was allegedly beaten by Hastings District Council animal control officers.

Hastings District Council is investigating an alleged attack on a dog by one of its animal control officers.

Hawke's Bay flat fire

Firefighters are battling a blaze in Hastings

A fire in a Hawke's Bay flat has been put out.

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".

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