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Police have named the diver who drowned at Aramoana Beach last week.

The man was 52-year-old Gavin Mackay of Hastings.

Mr Mackay died while diving at the beach last Tuesday evening.

A rāhui, discouraging the taking of seafood, remains in place until next Tuesday.


More than 25,000 people from around the region took part in yesterday’s national ShakeOut earthquake and tsunami drill.

ShakeOut was held at 9.30 yesterday morning, with a chance to practice the “Drop, Cover & Hold” message during a strong earthquake, and to practice tsunami evacuation walks for those living near the coast.

Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence spokesperson Jae Whelan said 140 businesses, 160 schools, and 340 households in the region signed up for ShakeOut.

Whelan said Hawke’s Bay is one of the country’s most seismically active regions, so it is vital for everyone in the Bay to learn and practise the right actions to keep themselves safe during and after an earthquake.


Local horse trainer Kirsty Lawrence had her third win in six days last week.

On Friday, Pep Talk won at Waverley, following recent wins by Zappa Jak at Woodville, and Real Slim Tradie in Hastings.

Kirsty said lots of locals have been involved in the horses, with Zappa Jak having a lot of first-time owners.

She said it’s been exciting, and a lot of work has gone in with the horses.

Kirsty said Real Slim Tradie, and possibly Zappa Jak, will race next weekend at Te Rapa.


The Waipawa Butchery – Central Hawke’s Bay Premier Cricket Team will play Napier Tech tonight in the first round of the T20 Murray McKearney Memorial Cup.

Four players will make their debuts for the local side tonight, with Sam Crystal, Jack Sunckell, Flynn Ellingham and Jack Blythe all set to take the field.

The game is being played at Nelson Park from 5pm.