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Local Police are disappointed with the behaviour from a group of youth at a party in Waipukurau at the weekend.

Sergeant Neil Baker said Police and St John Ambulance staff responded to a large party in Nelson Street early Sunday, following reports of a person being hit with a hammer.

He said upon arrival Police were confronted with a group of youth - ranging in numbers between 60 and 80 persons present - with majority heavily affected by alcohol.

Mr Baker said as Police attempted to break up a number of fights and locate the victim, a female Police officer was punched by some of the group.

The officer was not seriously injured, but Mr Baker said the incident quickly developed into a tense moment for staff, and assistance quickly came from other local and Hawkes Bay Police to assist.

Two arrests were made for disorder and an unrelated arrest warrant, and inquiries will continue to locate the persons responsible for assaulting the officer.

Mr Baker said a male was taken by ambulance to HB Hospital.

The male was reportedly hit over the head with a metal bar. Initial reports had him being in a stable condition.

Mr Baker said it is extremely disappointing that Police Officers are treated this way in our community when they are doing so much great work to keep us all safe.

Any witnesses to the incident are urged to come forward to Police and parents are encouraged to speak to their children who may have been present.


Four people were hurt when a vehicle rolled near Tikokino on Sunday night. 

Emergency services were called about 7pm to the accident on State Highway 50, between Matheson and Butler Roads.

Police said two adults and two children received minor injuries after the car they were in rolled into a ditch.


Electricity crews had a busy day yesterday after snowfall caused power outages.

Rural areas were mainly affected by the outages, including Tikokino and OngaOnga, where more than 200 customers were left without power for a number of hours.

The Porangahau and Omakere areas also saw hundreds of customers without power due to the weather conditions.

Omakere School closed its doors yesterday due to having no power and the hazardous conditions.

Some main highways were closed – including the Napier-Taupo and Napier-Taihape Roads.

Today the Metservice is predicting fine weather, with strong southwesterlies about the coast easing from afternoon.