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Police are investigating a link between a pursuit on Thursday, and last week’s break-in at the Tavistock Dairy in Waipukurau.

Sergeant Neil Baker said local Police responded to a report of two stolen vehicles which had travelled south from Hastings and followed into the grounds of Te Aute College.

He said a pursuit was engaged with one vehicle within the school grounds which Police were able to control and arrest the two occupants.

Mr Baker said the four occupants of the second vehicle decamped on foot and a Police Dog Unit tracked them through farmland, with all four quickly apprehended and taken into custody.

Pukehou School and Te Aute College were both closed to ensure public safety.

In all, six males, aged 13 – 17, were arrested and both stolen vehicles were recovered.

Neil Baker said this type of behaviour is extremely concerning for Police especially with the ages of the children involved.

He said there has been a dramatic increase in youth offending of late, and they appear to have no respect for other people’s property or the safety of the general public.

Mr Baker said Police believe there is a strong link between this group and those involved in the burglary to the Tavistock Dairy.

He said Police will continue to work hard to bring them to some form of justice.


Local showjumper Brooke Edgecombe and her horse LT Holst Andrea drew on all their experience to win equestrian’s FEI World Cup Qualifier at Taupo on Saturday.

It was a competitive class, with Brooke and Andrea scoring a double clear in 61.28 seconds.

Brooke said she was particularly happy with the win, and with Andrea now 14, it is good to know she is competitive at this level.

The next World Cup Qualifier is in Dannevirke in the new year.


A Waipawa woman has been named as the person who died in a car crash on the Napier-Taihape Road last week.

80-year-old Claudia Mason, who was well-known in Central Hawke’s Bay, died when her vehicle left the road last Tuesday afternoon.

Police are still investigating the circumstances of the crash.

Her funeral service will be held at St Peter’s Anglican Church in Waipawa tomorrow.


A MyLotto player from Hawke’s Bay has won a third share of Lotto First Division.

The ticket was one of three sold that one Division One for Saturday nights draw and is worth $333,333.00.

Meanwhile a Second Division winning ticket was sold at Dannevirke New World.

Lotto Second Division was worth $20,748.00 on Saturday night.

NZ Lotteries says anyone who purchased their ticket from the store should get it checked as soon as possible.


The Metservice says a further period of heavy rain is on the way for Hawke’s Bay today.

On Saturday an Orange Heavy Rain Warning was issued for CHB and Tararua District, which was lifted yesterday morning.

Yesterday, Metservice issued a Heavy Rain Watch for the ranges of Hawke’s Bay, which was in place until late last night.

Forecasters said the Watch may be extended as a further period of heavy rain is expected today for the area.