Hawke's Bay

A Wellington supercity? The time might now be right

Wellington comes to life in a different way each day of the week, says Polly Gillepsie.

With its patchy history of trying to reshape itself, Wellington region's local government structure is in for a shake-up, whether its leaders like it or not.

Where to head for a 'real taste of Hawke’s Bay'

Vince Labat and son Xavier, harvesting cabernet at Te Mata Estate.

Vineyard manager Vince Labat on his go-to for great coffee, great food and a great vibe.

Neighbours at war face off in court over egg-throwing and flour bombs video

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It began with a misplaced henhouse, escalated to a “stream of abuse and harassment” and ended with a failed attempt at a restraining order.

Youth in court in relation to rural Taranaki campground homicide

Police have made an arrest in relation to the alleged murder of Adrian Humphreys at a remote Taranaki campground.

A Hastings teenager will return to Taranaki in two weeks time to answer a charge of murdering a man at a remote campground.

Staff in job limbo 'deflated' over mega polytech's unknown future video

Jael Reiri, a lecturer and Kaitiaki Māori at Eastern Institute of Technology’s School of Nursing, is worried about her ...

Anxiety among staff at 27 education providers under the Te Pūkenga umbrella is reportedly “sky high”, with no guarantee their courses will continue.

Que sera Bloody Syrah: The gin made from grapes video

“I’m all about trying things that people haven’t done before or say can’t be done.”

Distiller Blair Nicholl describes it as "the cognac of gins".

Eight years in the making: Stunning Hawke's Bay landmark transformed

The newly reopened Municipal Buildings in Hastings.

When one of Hastings' prettiest buildings closed in 2014, few expected it would spend years behind ugly barriers. Turns out it was worth the wait.

Rare Aston Martin DB2 to feature at Webb's winter auction

This rather glorious Aston Martin DB2 is going under the hammer at Webb’s winter auction.

A gorgeous Aston Martin DB2 Mk2/4 is set to go under the hammer at Webb's Collectors' Cars, Motorcycles and Automobilia auction in Auckland this week.

'Dead man walking' feels let down by ACC video

Moore has been suffering the effects of cobalt poisoning for 17 years.

Seventeen years after getting sick while cutting cobalt as a fitter and turner, Darren Moore is still a sickness beneficiary with limited working ability.

Fancy a classic British car? Hundreds from one man's passion project on sale

With up to 550 cars, at one point the British Car Museum in Haumoana, Hawke’s Bay, was considered the largest such ...

It took the late Ian Hope half a lifetime to collect 500-plus classic British cars. Now many of his vintage gems are for sale.

Move over James and the giant peach, it's Hastings and the big apple project

Hawke's Bay artists have adorned 20 giant apples for a public art trail in Hastings, the Big Apple Project, .

The heart of the country's apple growing industry is now home to 20 giant apples as part of a local art trail.

Are you ready to die? Why you should plan for your final days video

Talking openly about death and dying doesn’t come easily to most of us.

We plan for major life events like births and marriages, so why not plan for deaths too? These days, you can even have a death doula.

Are these our most dangerous jobs? video

The deaths of two port workers in April have fuelled a major drive to improve safety standards at New Zealand ports.

Having a 65kg weight land on her foot ended a stevedore's career, and she counts herself lucky not to be among those killed on the job as regulators try to prevent serious accidents at 13 New Zealand ports.

Tim Turvey, maker of wine

Tim Turvey and the wine glass his parents gave him as a child.

They said a winery serving lunch at Te Awanga would never work. Tim Turvey had other ideas.

Boy returned to parents who nearly killed him video

The house where a 4-year-old boy was beaten in Flaxmere in January 2020.

A 4-year-old boy was handed back to his abusive dad and step-mum in December 2020. A month later he was in hospital fighting for his life.

FENZ actions led to fire getting bigger - report video

The Kota Bahagia on fire at Napier. (File photo)

Investigation found that precious time was lost by responders failing to listen to ship's master.

Prison wing rendered 'uninhabitable' after rooftop standoff video

Prisoners gathered on the roof of Hawke's Bay Regional Prison on Tuesday morning.

Six young inmates, aged between 17 and 19, were responsible for damage that has put the unit out of commission for months.

Body pulled from sea in Napier

Police have pulled a body from the water off Hardinge Rd in Napier. (File photo)

Police are at a Napier beach, where a woman's body has been recovered.

Rotary volunteers helping at Covid-hit retirement village raises alarm video

Princess Alexandra retirement village in Napier experienced a spike in Covid cases last week.

Grey Power and a resident's family are stunned a group at risk from serious Covid complications was asked to answer a staffing SOS.

Prisons spending more to fix intentional damage from prisoners video

Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says the cost increase is partly due to the rising cost of construction. (File photo.)

A higher number of prisoners have gang affiliations, a history of violence or a disorder, and are causing more damage, Corrections says.

Sex-offending doctor deported

David Lim appears in court for sentencing in Napier. (File photo)

David Lim drugged and sexually assaulted four men while working as a GP.

One person dead after crash in Napier

Emergency services responded to a crash in Onekawa (File photo)

An investigation into the cause of the single-vehicle crash in the suburb of Onekawa is under way.

Rooftop prison standoff by teen inmates likely a 'cry for help' video

Prisoners gathered on the roof of Hawke’s Bay Regional Prison on Tuesday morning. (Photo pixelated for legal reasons)

Six youth wing offenders spent nearly 24 hours barricaded on the roof of Hawke's Bay Prison – a sign they were “pushed to the edge”, advocates say.

Charges after shots allegedly fired near top dressing plane

Shots were alleged to have been fired in the vicinity of an overhead top dressing plane near Tukituki in Hawke’s Bay ...

A 49-year-old Hastings man has been charged with careless use of a firearm in relation to the alleged incident,

Prison standoff ends after defiant inmates jump off roof video

The remaining inmates surrender after their rooftop vigil.

The four remaining inmates who were digging in after nearly 24 hours on a Hawke's Bay Regional Prison rooftop are back in custody.

Antagonist in long-running neighbourly war is selling up video

Mary O'Neill of Napier is selling her house and moving to Dunedin. (File photo)

Mary O'Neill filmed her neighbour, harassed his children and made malicious complaints – landing her in court. Now it appears she is leaving town.

Council loses CEO and four senior managers in just four months

Three other Napier City Council directors have tendered their resignation in recent months.

Mayor rejects claims of 'serious culture issues' and lack of leadership, just weeks out from voting starting in September.

New private hospital to provide 5000 surgical procedures a year

Kaweka Hospital managing director Dr Colin Hutchison with Health Minister Andrew Little at the new private hospital in ...

Health Minister Andrew Little on Friday opened the Hastings hospital, the first to be built in almost 100 years.

'Best kitchen under $30k' works a treat for downsizers video

This sleek kitchen in an Ahuriri apartment in Napier has won the Best Kitchen Under $30k award at the NKBA National Awards.

Downsizing to an apartment in Napier first meant a renovation was in order for the couple who commissioned this award-winning kitchen.

From baijiu in Beijing to chardonnay in Hawke's Bay video

Originally from Beijing, China, Kevin Wang is just a few months shy of completing his Bachelor of Viticulture and Wine ...

A cellar-door experience with his dad was the catalyst for Kevin Wang choosing a career in wine and to study in one of NZ's best growing regions.

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