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Two Police officers were assaulted while attending a job in Waipawa last weekend.

Constable Andy Walker said the officers were trying to detain a man for a mental health assessment, but he produced a large carving knife, and advanced on the officers.

Police staff used OC spray and a taser to subdue the man.

Mr Walker said the man kicked one of the officers in the face.

He said these kind of jobs are very difficult for Police to deal with, and is the eighth or ninth time in the last three weeks local Police staff have been assaulted.


With the Roar now underway, Police are advising hunters to be prepared before going bush.

On Monday a man was rescued from the Ruahine Ranges after becoming disorientated while in the bush.

Constable Andy Walker, who is part of Hawke’s Bay Search and Rescue, said the man knew the area quite well, but went a bit further afield than usual.

The man spent Sunday night under a survival blanket after becoming wet and cold, and called Police on Monday morning to say he was ok.

Mr Walker said about 30 minutes later the man activated his personal locator beacon, and he and his dog were airlifted out by the Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter.

He said the man was in the early stages of hypothermia, and another night out in the bush would not have been good for him.


The Tararua District has been kept in a Restricted Fire Season.

Fire and Emergency NZ said late last week that a restricted season would remain despite recent rainfall.

The Wairarapa and Hawke’s Bay both had their fire seasons reduced from Prohibited to Restricted last week.

A Restricted Fire Season requires a permit to be issued before an open-air fire can be lit.