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A Central Hawke’s Bay man has gone on trial for the murder of Outlaws motor cycle club member Peter Lui.

Lui, 63, died following an attack outside the gang's headquarters in Napier on March 19 last year.

30-year-old Hemi Cahill of Waipukurau is one of two men charged in relation to the murder, and went on trial earlier this week in the High Court at Napier.

Cahill has pleaded not guilty to being a party to Lui’s murder, and assault using a vehicle as a weapon.

He has pleaded guilty to the aggravated robbery of Lui’s gang patch.

The trial is expected to finish at the end of next week.

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The overseas company with a connection to Ikea has been granted approval to buy further land in Central Hawke’s Bay.

The Overseas Investment Office has given the green light for Ingka Investments Forest Assets NZ Ltd and Ingka Investments Management NZ Ltd to purchase approximately 670 hectares of land on Wilder Road.

The vendors are Linda Paulsen and Neil Paulsen as trustees of the Omana Farms Trust, with the land currently used as a sheep and beef breeding operation.

Ingka Investments plan to establish and maintain approximately 456 hectares of radiata pine over the 2022 and 2023 planting seasons, with harvest in 27 to 30 years, followed by replanting.

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Last weeks Matariki celebrations in Central Hawke’s Bay were a huge success, with around 6000 people attending the Friday night event.

Amiria Nepe-Apatu from Te Taiwhenua o Tamatea said it was a magical night seeing the multitudes of people coming and enjoying the performances.

She said people were still coming through the gates as the fireworks display was about to begin.

Amiria thanked local businesses for donating spot prizes, all of the sponsors, and the 2022 Matariki Planning Committee.