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Two men charged in relation to the death of Outlaws gang member Peter Lui in Napier on the 29th of March have now been charged with murder.

In May, Police arrested a 29-year-old Waipukurau man, and charged him with aggravated robbery and wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

The next month, Police arrested twenty-two year-old Belmont Sonny Freedom Eruiti Te Aonui-Tawhai, and charged him with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, aggravated robbery and assault with a weapon.

Police said both men would appear via audio-visual link in the Napier District Court yesterday charged with murder

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Central Hawke’s Bay Police are offering support to anyone who may have witnessed an incident where an elderly woman was struck by a logging truck.

Sergeant Neil Baker said Police would like to hear from any witnesses to the incident, and ask the public to come forward to assist Police in the investigation.

He said Police would also like to offer support to anyone who may have witnessed the incident, finding it traumatic and would like to discuss it further.

The woman was struck about 11.20am Tuesday while crossing the road on Herbert Street with the intersection of Ruataniwha Street.

She was airlifted to Hawke’s Bay Hospital by the Lowe Walker Rescue Helicopter.

Mr Baker said the 79-year old is currently in a stable condition with a number of injuries, and is being supported by family who are with her.

The Police Serious Crash Team along with the Commercial Vehicle Safety team are investigating.

Mr Baker said the truck driver has spoken to Police, and is currently helping with the inquiry.

He is urging both motorists and pedestrians to take care and exercise caution in and around CHB, especially in built up areas where vision maybe limited.  

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More than 60,000 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Hawke’s Bay.

Hawke’s Bay DHB chief executive Keriana Brooking said vaccine bookings were steady as Group 4 bookings opened to people aged 60 and over.

She said by the end of this week they will have completed 10,000 doses administered in one week.

Mrs Brooking said the numbers are about 7 percent ahead of plan and she said she is heartened by the want of our people to protect themselves, their whānau and our communities from COVID.

From yesterday, people can register/book their vaccine online through www.bookmyvaccine.nz.

25,557 people are fully vaccinated in the region.