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Police have now charged a second person in relation to the death of Napier man Peter Lui in March.

A Police spokesperson said a 22-year-old Hawke’s Bay man was to appear in the Hastings District Court via audio-visual link yesterday.

Belmont Te Aonui-Tawhai is charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, aggravated robbery, and assault with a weapon.

Mr Te Aonui-Tawhai did not enter pleas to the charges and was remanded in custody until July, when he will next appear in Court.

Last month a 29-year-old Waipukurau man was charged in relation to Lui’s death on the 29th of March.

He is facing charges of aggravated robbery and wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, and has interim name suppression. Police said their investigation is ongoing.


Free buses will run from Porangahau, Otane, Takapau and Waipawa to tomorrow nights Matariki Festival in Waipukurau.
The Festival concludes a week of Matariki celebrations in Central Hawke’s Bay, and will feature entertainment, stalls, kai, family activities, and a fireworks display.
It will be held at Russell Park from 5.30pm.
Organiser Te Rangimarie Ngarotata said a bus will also be offered to Te Aute College students.
Anyone wanting to book a seat on the bus can contact Tamatea Taiwhenua on 858 7206.


The Waipukurau Jockey Club are offering their yards and stables to anyone that would like to move their horses to a safe place for tomorrow night’s fireworks display.
The Jockey Club says the yards are well maintained, and anyone wanting to take them up on the offer is asked to contact Kirsty Lawrence.
Kirsty and Lawrence Racing are also offering help with transport should anyone need assistance.
Anyone wanting more info can message the Waipukurau Jockey Club through their Facebook pacge, or by calling Kirsty on 027 2688890.