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Shamubeel Eaqub to visit Hastings

Economist Shamubeel Eaqub will be in Hastings district to talk about Housing and Inequality on Tuesday 6 March, 12 noon at the Havelock North Function Centre.

Firearms incident in Central Otago

The firearms matter in Omakau has been resolved without incident this evening.

A 22-year-old man has been arrested and charged with threatening to kill.

He will appear in Queenstown District Court tomorrow.

Serious anti-social behaviour in Hastings over the weekend

Hawke’s Bay Police are investigating three serious incidents of anti-social behaviour from over the weekend.

At about 11:30am on Saturday 17 February 2018 a 19-year-old man was attacked in Swansea Village, Flaxmere behind the library.

Missing person in Bulls

Police are searching for missing 54-year-old Kevin Hartley in the Scotts Ferry beach area, near Bulls.

He was last seen driving a quad bike from Parewanui Road to the beach towards the bombing range tower in Santoft Forest on Friday (16 February) evening.

Aggravated robbery in Napier

Hawke’s Bay Police are investigating the aggravated robbery of a Napier restaurant.

At around 10.00am today (18 February) a man entered Pita Pit on the corner of Kennedy Road and Georges Drive, armed with a knife.

Mission round-up for the Palmerston North rescue helicopter

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter undertook the following missions this week:

Severe Weather Watches issued for Cyclone Gita

Cyclone Gita, currently a Category 3 Tropical Cyclone south of New Caledonia, is expected to move southwards over the next couple of days, and curve towards New Zealand.

Swimming advisory lifted at Tahunanui Beach

Swimming advisory lifted.

18 February 2018 Testing results have just been received, and confirmed that the no swimming advisory can now be lifted at Tahunanui Beach.

Swimming and recreational water contact may be resumed.

Cyclone Gita: The latest thinking on rainfall totals across NZ

We still have a another day or so to lock this in but here's the first detailed thinking of rainfall accumulations, by qualified meteorologists partners with on a daily basis.

Gita Highlights as of Sunday:

Cyclone Gita: A tricky twist in the forecast, plus more FAQs answered

Cyclone Gita is now a strong Category 2 Tropical Cyclone with central air pressure of 970hPa and continues to track SW - but is turning southerly towards New Zealand and will weaken a little further today as it does that.

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