Hawke's Bay

Web brings the world to Melinda

Napier woman Melinda Bennett pictured with her father Steve. Melinda has an incurable disease, Friedreich's Ataxia.

Melina Bennett has an incurable degenerative disease, but is staying positive with the help of the web.

Things won't change if proposed cuts occur says Police Assn.

A survey shows that nearly a quarter of police staff in some districts are feeling disengaged in their work.

More than one in four police staff in Hawke's Bay feel disengaged in their work, according to the latest survey, and the local Police Association representative warns this won't improve if a proposed cut in sworn staff numbers goes ahead.

Appeal in Hummer grope case

Rodney Green has appealed against two convictions for indecent assault.

Napier businessman Rodney Green is fighting convictions for indecent assault.

Crash survivor: I'm a very lucky boy

The burnt-out wreck of Scott Saunders' car. The Havelock North man made a miraculous escape just before it burst into flames after rolling into a ditch near Elsthorpe, 30km south of Havelock North.

Scott Saunders' car burst into flames and he had to walk through the night to get help.

The flu season is nigh

Flu rates are starting to rise, particularly in the Bay of Plenty, Wairarapa and Hawke's Bay.

The flu season is under way and the public has been warned it could be nasty.

Costly callout to night divers

The Lowe Corporation rescue helicopter made a needless flight from Napier to Pourerere beach to look for a diving instructor and his pupil.

Police yet to decide if Hawke's Bay pair will be billed for $5500 rescue mission.

Big freeze on way

Rimutaka Hill road was closed to snow on July 22, 2014 - and a repeat is likely this week.

North Island faces bitterly cold week, with temperatures close to zero and snow in places.

First-time winners in Wellington marathon

Napier's Ruby Muir was 28sec off the women's course record in winning the Wellington marathon today.

Two runners secured their first marathon wins in Wellington on Sunday morning.

Driver hurt in Clive crash

A 33-year-old man was taken to hospital after driving into a power pole in Hawke's Bay.

Man taken to hospital with head injuries after car hits power pole near Clive.

Hawke's Bay river rescue

The Lowe Corporations rescue helicopter was called in to winch a boy who was on a kayak trip from a remote Hawke's Bay River.

A school student suffering chest pains on a rafting trip was airlifted from a remote river and flown to hospital.

Wife's relief that drunk husband stopped

A woman thanked police for pulling over her husband after he was caught speeding while four times over the breath alcohol limit.

Wife thanks police after they stop her drunk husband from driving at 141kmh.

Naked man 'stabbed himself'

A Hastings man was in a critical condition after suffering a stab wound to the chest on Friday.

A Hastings man seen naked in street may have stabbed himself after alleged attack.

Quake felt across Manawatu

The 4.1 magnitude quake struck at 5.09 am, 20 kilometres north-east of Pongaroa, at a depth of 54km.

An earthquake in the Tararua district has been felt widely across the Manawatu region.

Grocery thief jailed for 5 months

Napier District Court, where Karakia Watson was sentenced to five months in jail.

Woman sentenced over grocery heist cut short when getaway car hit another vehicle.

Teen girl fights off assailant

Police want help finding man who indecently assaulted a teenager in the Taradale town centre.

A 16-year-old girl "bravely fought off" a man and ran to a friend's house after he assaulted her.

Sunny outlook for Hawke's Bay jobs

Pipfruit and tourism have helped boost jobs ads in Hawke's Bay by more than 11 per cent on a year ago.

There is a jobs bonanza in Hawke's Bay from better times for the pipfruit and tourism sectors.

Ranfurly Shield clash in Napier

Horowhenua-Kapiti rugby union chief executive Corey Kennett, left, and rugby development officer Ryan Shelford are hoping the union's top side can win the Ranfurly Shield off Hawke's Bay later this month.

Horowhenua-Kapiti rugby players are hoping to win the shield off Hawke's Bay this month.

Quake-prone conference centre to close

Napier's War Memorial Conference Centre is earthquake-prone.

Napier's War Memorial Conference Centre is found to be 20-25 per cent of building standard.

Custody for mum who missed trial

Napier District Court, where a mother of three, her two co-defendants and a Crown witness all failed to turn up for a trial due to have started on Monday.

Defendant said she didn't know her burglary trial was starting. The judge was not impressed.

Teen knocked down by thrown bottle

Hawke's Bay police are looking for three men who were in a car from which a bottle was thrown

Police are looking for the occupants of a car from which the bottle was thrown.

Junior rugby judicial officer takes role seriously

The kids just want to have fun; it's the parents that take junior rugby too seriously, says judicial officer.

Napier cathedral bell tower is earthquake-prone

The bell tower of Napier's St John cathedral has been found to be earthquake-prone.

Church has 10 years to strengthen the earthquake-prone bell tower.

Hawkes Bay Seafoods under investigation

Indonesian Fisherman Makrom says he was underpaid by about $20,000 for his time working for Hawkes Bay Seafoods.

A high-profile New Zealand fishing company is under investigation following allegations by migrant crew that they were underpaid.

Listeria-infected meat sold to hospital

Napier's Bay Cuisine has pleaded guilty to supplying Listeria-infected meats.

Company guilty of selling bad meat to hospital and then covering it up.

'Final, final' decision on Ruataniwha dam

An artist's impression of the proposed Ruataniwha Dam in Hawke's Bay.

Submitters have 15 working days to appeal.

Priest on sex charges suspended

Anglican priest John Tovey is facing charges of sexual offending.

Napier priest accused of sex offences against woman.

'Bad mood' gets man off sentence

Napier District Court, where Daniel Robertson  was told he had an "abysmal" attitude toward community work.

"I've got an excuse," he told the judge. "Bad and low moods". And his sentence was cut.

Fire 'mystery' in Napier

The house in Napier Tce, built using straw bales, was gutted by fire on Tuesday evening.

Napier homeowner who lost her dream house to fire says she can't understand how the blaze began.

Rugby player still critical

John Taitoko, 28, who collapsed while playing rugby for the Napier Old Boys Marist senior thirds team on June 6.

A Napier rugby player who collapsed in a match two weeks ago remains in a critical condition.

Quake rattles Hawke's Bay

A magnitude 3.8 quake has struck near Wairoa.

A light magnitude 3.8 earthquake struck the Hawke's Bay region late on Friday night.

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