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Police have seized firearms, drugs, and cash after executing warrants in Hawke’s Bay and Taupō yesterday.

The search warrants resulted from a two-month investigation focusing on the recruitment of legitimate firearms licence holders to purchase firearms on behalf of known criminal entities.

Detective Inspector Albie Alexander said seven people were arrested and will face charges of unlawfully supplying firearms, participating in an organised criminal group, attempting to pervert the course of justice, supplying methamphetamine, and cultivating cannabis.

Police have not ruled out further arrests, and say their operation is ongoing.


$37,000 worth of tickets have so far been sold for events part of the Spring Fling in Central Hawke’s Bay.

17 events make up the Spring Fling calendar for 2022, beginning in early September through until the first weekend of November.

Since going on sale, 537 tickets have been sold – 70% of those from outside the district.

Some events have sold out already including the Gwavas Garden Homestead Tour, the Foraged and Found event at Aramoana Homestead, and the Central Hawke’s Bay Homestead Trail.

Full details ae available at


In a first for Central Hawke’s Bay, a Community Services Roadshow is being held in Takapau today.

Spearheaded by the Central Hawke’s Bay District Council, the roadshow will have representatives from a number of organisations -  including the Council, Ministry of Social Development, Budget Services, Age Concern and Te Taiwhenua o Tamatea.

Employment, financial wellbeing, voting, driver licensing, dog registrations and applying for Council grants will be topics covered.

The Roadshow will be at the Takapau Town Hall from 1pm to 4pm today.