Hawke's Bay

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.

Policeman's lot is not a happy one

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

The Gilbert and Sullivan song was right, a survey of police job satisfaction shows.

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.

Man shot by police may sue

Iriheke Te Kani Manu Pere was accidentally shot in the front yard of this Karamu Rd house in Hastings in August 2013.

Almost two years after being shot in the back, a Hastings man has received no apology.

Cricket body avoids beer fine

Justices of the peace considered the offence at McLean Park was a lower-level one, and did not enter a conviction.

It runs "on the smell of an oily rag", and conviction could hit its future funding.

Hawke's Bay's poll date set

In September Hawke's Bay electors will decide the future shape of their region.

A poll on the amalgamation of Hawke's Bay councils will be held on September 15.

Poisoned birds found dead or dying

Some of the dozens of birds killed by poison in Havelock North on Wednesday.

Dozens of birds have been killed by a legal poison in Havelock North.

Boss guilty over chemicals in water

Recreational water users at Pandora Pond in Napier, near the slipway where chemicals were discharged.

Director pleads guilty to discharging contaminants into Napier's inner harbour.

Caregiver stole from disabled client

Napier courthouse, where a caregiver pleaded guilty on Wednesday to taking money from a cerebral palsy sufferer.

She took $2600 from client with cerebral palsy, and spent it on groceries.

Fetid fungi lead to prosecution

Te Mata Mushroom Company mushrooms. Odour generated by the making of compost has led to the company being prosecuted by Hawke's Bay Regional Council.

Mushroom farm accused of offensive and objectionable odour.

Armed police callout for fireworks

A group of three or four men letting off fireworks at a Hastings property prompted a full-scale armed police callout on Tuesday.

Warning after street cordoned off when neighbours reported hearing "gunshots".

"Extreme bullying" became sexual violation

Napier courthouse

Teenager was subjected to a prolonged violent and sexual assault over four hours.

New Hawke's Bay marathon hits the streets

A new marathon, to be held in Hawke's Bay from 2016, will join Air New Zealand's popular Queenstown run.

A brand new Hawke's Bay marathon to join popular Queenstown event.

Poll date will be announced in next few days

Three people from the small pocket of Rangitikei District inside Hawke's Bay, seen here on the left of the map, have triggered a region-wide poll on amalgamation.

Poll of 110,000 Hawke's Bay electors likely to occur in three months

'Someone had to - so I dived in'

Kaz McGuinness, left, and Kat Gooch, who helped rescue a man floating face down in a river in Gisborne.

Mum tells of jumping into Gisborne river to rescue stranger.

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