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A 36-year-old Hastings man will face a number of charges following a Police pursuit in Central Hawke’s Bay last Sunday.

Sergeant Neil Baker said the male was initially stopped after a number of complaints about his driving heading south on SH2 towards Waipawa.

He said while Police had him stopped, he fled and then drove his vehicle at the officer who was required to jump clear to avoid any serious injury.

Mr Baker said the vehicle was located a short time later where he was arrested.

Police searched his vehicle, and located methamphetamine, large amounts of cash and a .22 semi-automatic sports rifle which Mr Baker said is extremely concerning.

He said unfortunately this type of occurrence is becoming more common for Police with drugs, firearms and violent offending all closely linked.

The man will appear in the Hastings District Court on the 27th of October.


Voting closes tomorrow for the 2022 Local Body Elections.

Voting figures as at last night showed 40.37% of papers returned for the Tararua District Council, and 38.87% for Central Hawke’s Bay.

Voting papers need to be returned by midday tomorrow.

Central Hawke’s Bay District Council Chief Executive, Doug Tate, again called for anyone who has not yet received voting papers, and believes they should have, to make contact to arrange a special vote.

Results will be made available from mid-afternoon tomorrow.


The Porangahau Junior Family Golf Tournament has been postponed due to the Porangahau course being closed.

Spokesperson Marilyn Forrest said unusual weather has caused surface water to linger, with the water table higher than some fairways.

A postponement date is to be advised.


The Magpies are in Wellington this weekend for their Bunnings Warehouse NPC quarter-final against the Lions.

The game will be played at Sky Stadium, with kick-off at 2.05pm tomorrow.

Head coach, Josh Syms, will join the Coach on the Centralines Sports Show tomorrow morning to talk about the Magpies build-up to the game.

Our 2022 Magpies coverage is thanks to The Leopard Hotel in Waipukurau, where you can watch tomorrow’s game on the big screen, with four selected beers for $20 half an hour prior to kick-off, until the final whistle.


Nation Walker scored Central Hawke’s Bay’s try in their 5-all draw with Hasting’s West on Day 3 of the 2022 Heinz-Watties Ross Shield yesterday.

Central FM correspondent, Tom Castles, said Central missed a few opportunities yesterday, and turned down a penalty in front of the posts with three or four minutes to go.

He said the Central side played very well, with improvement each day of the tournament.

Hosts Dannevirke played Wairoa yesterday, and won 52-14.

Napier beat Hasting’s East 19-5.

Tom Castles said playing conditions were very trying yesterday, but the teams all played well.

Today’s games :

1.00pm Central HB vs. Hastings East

2.00pm Dannevirke vs. Hastings West

3.00pm Wairoa vs. Napier