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94% of people were found to be breaching the Fishery Act at a checkpoint last weekend.

Hawke’s Bay Road Policing staff teamed up with staff from the Ministry for Primary Industries and the Department of Conservation in Otane on Sunday morning.

Police say more than 50 vehicles were stopped with some minor traffic offences, however a disappointing 94% of the fishery checks undertaken resulted in breaches of the Fishery Act.

The breaches included undersize paua and crayfish and exceeding daily limits.


The first dates for Surfing for Farmers for the upcoming summer season have been announced.

Local organiser, Andy Lee, says they plan to kick-off this year at Porangahau Beach on the 8th of December, followed by Pourerere Beach on the 15th.

Further dates are planned from late January.

Andy says this year they want to open the events up to everyone in the local community over the age of 18.

He says as always surfboards and a BBQ will be provided, and some wetsuits will also be available for use.

Full details are available on the Surfing for Farmers Facebook page.


New CCTV cameras in Eketāhuna have helped Police arrest a person wanted for serious crimes committed in Masterton and Eketāhuna areas.

The Tararua District Council says only one day after the new cameras were installed, police were able to use them to determine the location of the wanted criminal, who had just stolen a vehicle from a local farming family during the night.

While the town has had CCTV cameras for about 15 years, the network has been recently expanded thanks to the Eketāhuna Our Town Incorporated Society, a local charity.

Constable Jymahl Glassey, said the new CCTV was vital in determining the location of the offender, and without the new cameras police would not have caught the person.

He said a local family were physically confronted and threatened in the middle of the night and had their car stolen, but within 50 minutes of the robbery police were able to apprehend the offender hiding behind a commercial property in Eketāhuna.