Hawke's Bay

Who will turn towns' lights off?

Ruataniwhat dam

As the Ruataniwha dam decision sinks in, a council boss wonders what will become of towns Waipukurau and Waipawa.

'I had killed him'

tumare strap

Shooting an armed teenager was "the worst feeling I have ever had," a police officer says.

Changes to dam plan could affect viability

The Ruataniwha dam has been given approval, but the accompanying plan change may mean it doesn't get off the ground.

Shooting actions 'commendable'


A coroner says a police officer's training was over-ridden by instinct when faced with an armed teen.

Board approves $275m dam plan

Ruataniwhat dam

The proposed Ruataniwha dam and irrigation scheme has been approved by a board of inquiry.

Fatal police shooting inquest begins

Lachlan Kelly-Tumarae

The officers who fatally shot a teenager will have their identities hidden during an inquest.

Girl shot by 12-year-old brother

St John's Ambulance

A boy accidentally shot his eight-year-old sister in the stomach with a slug gun on Sunday.

Napier death remains a mystery

Annabelle Tumanako

Police found no evidence that "foul play" contributed to Annabelle Tumanako's disappearance, a court heard.

Company fined over death


A woman broke down in court as she shared how she thinks about her father dying on a construction site every day.

Flaxmere man killed in crash


A Flaxmere man killed in a crash in the Bay of Plenty on Wednesday has been named.

Horse helps at-risk kids


Benny is a foal adopted from the wild who has become a perfect role model for the at-risk children he works with.

Power cut in HB

Transpower says all power is now restored after a two hour power cut dealt by a double lightning strike blanketed Hawke's Bay in darkness this evening.

Call to share Te Mata Peak tracks

bike, bicycle, cycle, wheel

Cyclists are grumpy that they are not allowed to use most of five new tracks on Te Mata Peak.

East Coast the crime capital


Hawke's Bay continues to feature at the wrong end of crime statistics, with recorded crime last year increasing by almost 3 per cent.

Husband jailed for rape and assault


A man in an arranged marriage who beat, raped and threatened to kill his wife has been sentenced to nine years in prison.

Mower death charges

Uetaha Ransfield-Wanoa

A council has been charged over the death of a 4-year-old boy beneath a council lawnmower.

Blunder costs ratepayers $55,000

A serious council blunder has cost ratepayers more than $55,000.

Not enough to save Haumoana

Sea wall, Haumoana

The fate of a Hawke's Bay coastal community threatened by the encroaching sea looks to be sealed.

Dam developer defends speed

Ruataniwha dam site

The speed at which the Ruataniwha dam proposal has progressed has "created some tensions".

Beaten tourist on her way home

Michaela bottled tourist

A tourist is heading home, saying she is afraid of NZ men after she was bottled by a drunk stranger.

Woman climbs bank after crashing

A 43-year-old woman crawled up a 60m bank to get help after her car plunged off the road.

Growers' dollars and scents

Erwin and Mariska Blokker

He's been around lilies for all his 49 years, but Erwin Blokker never tires of their scent and colours.

Bank robbery suspect arrested


A man has been arrested over the robbery of a Napier bank yesterday morning.

Neglect case: 'I tried to help mum'

Jo-Ann Quinn

The woman convicted of neglecting her sick mother at their home in Napier has defended her actions.

Robber on the run

Suspect identified in Napier bank robbery

AOS callout, Napier

Armed police are helping search for a man who robbed a Napier bank, then fled the scene on a bike.

Man saws fingers off


A man severed a number of his fingers off with a skill saw in Hawke’s Bay this afternoon.

Woman blocked family from mother

Jo-Ann Quinn

Jo-Ann Quinn stopped family members visiting her sick, elderly mother that she left to ''fester'' on a couch, her niece says.

Mum 'skin and bones' (graphic content)

Jo-Ann Quinn

A woman has been jailed after her mother was found dehydrated, malnourished and neglected. Family blocked from mother

Goodbye to little school on river

rural school

A tiny Hawke's Bay school is the latest in a long line of rural schools to close because of dwindling rolls.

Couch mum 'didn't like contact'

Hospital corridor, generic

A woman who died after not leaving a couch for three years tried to care for herself because she did not want to 'bother' her daughter.

Driver's 'all day bender'

Drink driving breath testing

A driver had an all-day "bender" before driving 200 kilometres while more than three times over the limit.

Elderly woman's problems 'profound'


A malnourished, dehydrated elderly woman had the worst combination of problems a doctor had ever seen, a court has been told.

Reported crime down 9.9pc


Along with Auckland, Wellington has recorded NZ's largest reduction in reported crime, stats show.

Awards for daring sea saves

Beach Flags

Four friends who rescued women from a rip at a Hawke's Bay beach have been awarded medals.

Maggots in elderly woman's wound


A woman charged with failing to care for her elderly mother says she was acting according to her mother's wishes.

Quake cluster hits Hawke's Bay

Earthquake generic

A cluster of small earthquakes hit Central Hawke's Bay this afternoon.

Rangitane Treaty settlement agreed

Treaty of Waitangi

The last remnant of what was once a mighty forest stretching from north of Dannevirke to Masterton will change hands as part of a Treaty settlement agreed on today.

Worker 'trying to help' when cut

Glenn Abel

A worker who fell onto a pane of glass, getting a shard lodged in his neck and nearly severing his arm, was trying to help a colleague.

Emergency services hub mooted

Emergency services vehicles

Ambulances will reach emergencies faster if a proposed Napier emergency hub goes ahead.

Dam a no-goer for Trustpower

Ruataniwhat dam

A major backer of the Ruataniwha dam scheme has pulled out, saying returns on investment will not be high enough.

Deco buses like a bad marriage

art deco buses

Napier's blighted art deco buses have been likened to a failed marriage and a funeral by councillors, who have decided they should be sold.

Where are our worst intersections?

St John's Ambulance

New Zealand's 100 worst intersections have been named. See how your region fares in the full list.

House burns down in Napier

A family of five escaped unharmed as their Napier house was destroyed by fire last night.

Tourist attack charges dropped


A woman charged with attacking a French couple has walked free due to weak evidence.

Eight have swine flu

Swine Flu

Eight people have been admitted to intensive care suffering from swine flu in the last month.

Pit bull terrier on death row

Napier City Council

Dante the killer pit bull will be put down one way or another, according to Napier City Council.

Judge apologises to tourists


A judge has told a French couple attacked with a pistol that he is "ashamed" by what happened.

Crash victims named

Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopte

The two men killed when their plane nosedived into a Hawke's Bay river can now be named.

'I heard this bang'


A witness watched helplessly as a tiny plane nosedived into a Hastings riverbed, killing two.

Love and marriage

Katie McVean

There was an unnamed extra on board as Katie McVean was crowned champion show jumper at Horse of the Year in Hastings.

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