Hawke’s Bay’s dedicated news, tourism and events website.


Cricket association face a hefty fine over an under age liquor sale at a Napier match.


A controlled purchase operation at the Black Caps World Cup cricket match against Afghanistan in March has resulted in the Central Districts Cricket Association being prosecuted for allegedly selling alcohol to a minor. 

Two under age volunteers were used during the operation which was conducted by Police along with the Napier liquor licensing inspector and the local district health board.

One of the volunteers was allegedly sold four beers by one of the vendors operating within the grounds and was not asked for identification.

If found guilty the cricket association could face a maximum fine of $10,000.


Develop your coaching skills with Hawke's Bay Netball


Netball Central Zone is pleased to offer Netball New Zealand coaching modules held throughout the Central Zone as part of the formal Netball NZ Coach Development Framework.

The Community Coach Award is the second level of achievement on the Netball New Zealand Coach Accreditation Pathway.

It requires the completion of five compulsory modules – Player Centred Coaching, Communicating & Managing Others, Planning, Skill Analysis and Team Building.

Note: Player Centred Coaching must be completed prior to attending the below developing modules


Shooting: Date: Sunday 7th June, 9.00am – 12pm

Venue:Hawkes Bay Netball Centre Hawkes Bay Regional Sports Park, Percival Road, Tomoana.

Circle Work: Date: Monday 8th June 5.30pm – 8.00pm

Venue:Hawkes Bay Netball Centre Hawkes Bay Regional Sports Park, Percival Road, Tomoana.

Centre Pass: Date: Monday 29th June 5.30pm – 8.00pm

Venue:Hawkes Bay Netball Centre Hawkes Bay Regional Sports Park, Percival Road, Tomoana.

COST: $25.00 per module

Notes: Modules require a minimum of 6 and maximum of 16 coaches attending. All Registrations must be received before 48 hours prior to the module taking place.

CLICK HERE for more registration information.

Central Hawke's Bay driver selected for Elite MotorSport Academy


Eight of New Zealand’s most promising motorsport talents have been given the chance to further hone their skills at the 2015 Elite MotorSport Academy in Dunedin.

Run by the MotorSport NZ Scholarship Trust, in conjunction with Excellence in Sport South Island and Otago University’s sports science specialists, the programme is now in its 12th year. MotorSport New Zealand President Shayne Harris said the programme has a very strong track record in equipping young Kiwi drivers for competition against some of the world’s best.

"We are very proud of our academy programme," said Mr Harris. "We’ve been able to help guide several of our most successful drivers onto the international stage, including GP2 contenders Mitch Evans and Richie Stanaway, and rising World Rally Championship star Hayden Paddon."

Held over a week in July, the academy will test the applicants both physically and mentally. The programme focuses on a wide range of skills required for high-performance sport - from diet to media training - and participants must meet a very high standard of physical fitness prior to commencing the course.

"Sports scientists report that the reflexes and fitness of some of the drivers who have attended the academy are equivalent to those of Olympic athletes, and their reaction times are equal to or better than those of fighter pilots," said Mr Harris.

Before they return home, all of the graduates are given an individually tailored 24-month programme to help continue their development.

The most promising graduate will be awarded the Ian Snellgrove Memorial Trophy. Snellgrove, who passed away in 2012, was a driving force behind the academy’s establishment.

2015 Elite MotorSport Academy Successful Applicants

Race Category

Sam Barry (Waipukurau), NZV8 Utes

Sam Barry of Central Hawke’s Bay has come a long way since finishing third in the 2013 Suzuki Swift Cup. In his second year competing in the NZV8 Utes Series, the 21-year-old holds a 22-point lead after three rounds. The six-round competition resumes on 25 September in Taupo, with the final round at Hampton Downs on 27 November.

Caleb Cross (Christchurch), Formula Ford

With five junior national karting titles to his name, Christchurch’s Caleb Cross has a promising motorsport future ahead of him. In his first season competing in the New Zealand Formula Ford Championship, the 14-year-old finished third and was in title contention through to the final round.

His dream of racing in the V8 Supercar Championship got a big boost at the end of last year. Prodrive Racing Australia, owners of the Ford Performance Racing team, signed him on as a foundation member of its academy. As part of the programme, Cross will attend events in Australia to learn what happens on race day.

Chelsea Herbert (Auckland), NZ Rotax Max Challenge

Chelsea Herbert isn’t afraid to mix it up with the lads. Having raced since the age of seven, the 16-year-old from Albany received the 2014/2015 SsangYong Racing Series ‘Brave Face’ award, after a crash during Round 4 forced her to withdraw with concussion.

Recognised as a talented young prospect, she was invited to the 2014 CRC Speedshow as part of the Kiwi Young Guns display, which also featured Mitch Evans and Scott McLaughlin. She is also part of Hyundai New Zealand’s Pinnacle Programme, which provides mentorship to help talented young Kiwis in various fields realise their potential.

Bradley Lathrope (Auckland), NZV8 TL Touring Cars

Bradley Lathrope finished third in this year’s NZV8 TL Touring Cars Championship. One of New Zealand’s elite tin-top racers, Lathrope has appeared on national race podiums 34 times.

Brook Reeve (Blenheim), Formula First

A former national junior karting champion, Reeve joined an illustrious group last year when he was awarded the 2014 SpeedSport Scholarship. Previous recipients include GP2 driver Richie Stanaway and V8 Supercars star Shane van Gisbergen.

The scholarship provides an all-expenses paid season competing in Formula First, an entry-level class of single-seater, open-wheel racing. Reeve finished fifth overall and was named Rookie of the Year.

Rally Category

Nicole Summerfield (Rangiora), New Zealand Rally Championship

Co-driving for her younger brother Matt in the NZRC might sound like a recipe for disaster to some siblings, but this pair’s results speak for themselves.

They finished fourth overall in last year’s championship, with 25-year-old Nicole third in the co-drivers’ standings. After two rounds this year, they sit in third place and are just 23 points off top spot.

Michael Young (Opotiki), Asia Pacific Rally Championship

After dominating APRC’s 2WD class for the past two years, this season Michael Young is contesting the title outright in a 4WD. In 2013 and 2014, Young won the Asia, Junior and 2WD Cups.

Earlier this year, the 22-year-old was invited by Ford’s WRC M-Sport team to take part in Drive DMACK Ford Fiesta Trophy, which is run over five WRC rounds in Europe. While funding proved to be an obstacle, it’s a strong endorsement of the Opotiki young-gun’s talent. He’ll be joined in Dunedin by his co-driver Malcom Read.

Malcolm Read (Hamilton), Asia Pacific Rally Championship

Malcom Read won’t be surrounded by strangers at the academy: he’ll be joined by his pilot Michael Young. Read has played a key part in Young’s success in the APRC and this year the pair are launching an assault on the outright title.

They won the Asia, Junior and 2WD Cups in 2014 and are currently fourth overall after the first two rounds of this year’s competition.

Join Hawke's Bays 3rd edition of the BUAR.


Taradale Primary School are proud to present the third edition of the Bay Urban Adventure Race - BUAR. We are proud to announce that local internet and phone company NOW are now the event naming sponsor for the next three years.

This is a team based (2 or 4 people) three hour race around an urban area combining both physical and mental challenges. We have a brand new course in a new location and as with all adventure races the actual course will not be revealed until just before the race start.


Sunday, 28 June 2015. Race start time 9am.


Mystery location. Saturday 27th - registration at Taradale Primary School, Church Road, Taradale, Napier, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

What is Adventure Racing?

Adventure racing involves a number of different disciplines including running, mountain biking, navigation, team work and mental tasks to spice things up a bit.
Anything and everything is possble.
Typically an adventure race is designed to be completed in the time allocated (in our case 3hrs).
Adventure races are historically required to be completed in teams - usually 2 or 4 team members.

Who can participate?

The Hawkes Bay Urban Adventure Race is designed for anyone seeking a buzz and a few laughs.
You should have a reasonable amount of fitness to participate in any type of sporting event. In saying that, these short adventure races are perfect for beginners of average fitness or for those who are a little faster who want to go hell for leather to challenge themselves. Who knows the fast guys may go the wrong way or get stumped on the mental challenges?? Approximate race distances for this event can range to around 10km biking (depending on your navigation there will be a mix of road and/or trail riding - nothing highly technical) and 10km running/walking. These distances are not completed all in one go - you may run 5km, do and activity, ride 8km to another activity....... It is a mystery until race day.
Race categories - Secondary School team (4 person only), 2 person team or 4 person team.
Any participant under the age of 12 years will require their parent/guardian as a team member. As mentioned above the course is designed for people who can run/walk 10km and bike 10km.
What do I need to bring?

Yourself along with 1-3 other team mate(s)
A bike and helmet. Spare tube and repairs tools are recommended.
Cellphone - in case of emergency only.
Wear clothes that are comfortable to run and ride in.
A small backpack is recommended to carry water and snacks.
Shoes - suitable for running and cycling. Remember if you wear cycling cleats you may need standard shoes at checkpoints while running/walking.
Be creative with your outfit - there will be a prize for the best dressed team.

As part of your entry you each member will receive an event t-shirt. We have upgraded to a moisture wicking/dryfit style shirt this year. Entries need to be in before the 8th of June to receive a t-shirt. A sizing guide for the t-shirt are here - Mens and Womens.


We are providing an early entry incentive for those who enter on or before the 7th of June.

Four person teams - $140 ($35 each)
Two person teams - $80 ($40 each)
For entries received after the 7th of June the price is as follows:
Four person teams - $180 ($45 each)
Two person teams - $100 ($50 each)
How do I enter?

Entry can be made by clicking HERE

Be in fast as we expect the event to sell out quickly.


Regional approach for Hawke's Bay sport facilities signed off

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council chairman Fenton Wilson puts his signature to the MoU. Also pictured from left are Sport Hawke’s Bay chairman Damon Harvey, sport Hawke’s Bay chief executive Mark Aspden, Hastings mayor Lawrence Yule, Central Hawke’s Bay Mayor Peter Butler, Napier Mayor Bill Dalton and Wairoa Mayor Craig Little.

New sport facilities proposed for Hawke’s Bay will be put through a robust checklist following an agreement signed by the region’s five mayors with Sport Hawke’s Bay.

Sport Hawke’s Bay chairman Damon Harvey said the signing of the Hawke’s Bay Regional Sports Facilities Plan Memorandum of Understanding was an important step in ensuring the region has a region-wide view of the provision, development and support of sport and recreation facilities.

“This is a significant agreement to collaboratively work together to make sure we meet the needs of the community in the development of sport facilities.

“It means that rather than one party deciding they want a facility, it will firstly be tested through key principles to ensure it meets current and future demand,” he said.

The five key principles that will guide the decision-making process are:

Network approach – the development of a network and hierarchy of sport facilities to meet a range of different needs from community through to international sport.

Collaborative approach - Councils, schools and sports will work collaboratively in planning of the sport facilities network in order to maximise the use of facilities.

Facility strategy approach – the network must be aligned wherever possible with national and regional facility strategies.

Multi-use approach – the network of sport and recreation facilities should encompass multi-use of spaces to ensure best use of the resources.

Needs based approach – decisions on facilities are based on evidence of need based on regional needs, whole of life planning, the cost of building the facility and the economic impact on the wider region.

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council chairman Fenton Wilson said the regional facilities plan would be a guiding light in the upgrade of existing facilities and investment in new infrastructure.

“We are blessed with some outstanding community facilities such as Russell Park in Central Hawke’s Bay, through to the Regional Sports Park and Park Island where sport at the highest level can be hosted.

“Going forward we will be guided by the key principles before any decisions are made.

The regional sport facilities plan was developed in February. It identified priorities where participation is increasing but there are insufficient sport facilities to meet demand.

Indoor court sports such as basketball and volleyball as well as gym sports need more facility space, as does softball and cricket.

The plan was commissioned by the Hawke’s Bay Regional Sports Council which is comprised of representatives from the local and regional authorities, regional sport organisations and Sport Hawke’s Bay.

Photo caption:

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council chairman Fenton Wilson puts his signature to the MoU. Also pictured from left are Sport Hawke’s Bay chairman Damon Harvey, sport Hawke’s Bay chief executive Mark Aspden, Hastings mayor Lawrence Yule, Central Hawke’s Bay mayor Peter Butler, Napier Mayor Bill Dalton and Wairoa Mayor Craig Little.


Hawke's Bay United assistant coach will coach the Womens U20 side.


New Zealand Football announced on Saturday the appointment of Leon Birnie as coach of the Women’s U-20 side as the team begin preparations for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

Birnie, who served as an assistant coach for the New Zealand side at the 2014 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Costa Rica, takes control of the U-20 Women’s team for the preparation cycle towards the age-group showcase event in Papua New Guinea in October 2016.

New Zealand Football High Performance Director Fred de Jong said Birnie’s appointment demonstrates the pathway in place for the country’s top talent- players and coaches alike.

"We are developing a structure which rewards for our best performing people and Leon’s appointment for the U-20 role is a direct reflection of that," de Jong said.

"His experience with this age-group at international level at the U-17 World Cup combined with what he has done domestically within our programme in recent years made him the ideal fit for this position."

The 33-year-old Birnie has been a long-time coach in New Zealand’s National Talent Centre girls programme while he also served as an assistant coach for Hawke’s Bay United in the 2014-15 ASB Premiership competition.

Hawke's Bay Junior Netball and Unison make a good partnership.

Hawke’s Bay’s Junior Netball programme has grown to be the largest of its kind in New Zealand, just one year into a new structure which has seen Hawke’s Bay Netball bring the junior levels under its umbrella, with Unison on board as naming sponsor.

Tina Arlidge, Operations Manager for Hawke’s Bay Netball said Unison’s sponsorship had really helped lift the programme in terms of participation.

“We came on board last year to further develop netball in our region by ensuring a holistic programme that would appeal to, and encourage, the junior levels.

"It’s a great achievement to already have the largest participation rate of any junior netball programme in New Zealand, and this can largely be attributed to Unison’s involvement and support.”

Having been a major sponsor of junior rugby for five years, helping to grow the game locally, Unison last year decided to offer similar support to netball in the region.

Unison Group Chief Executive, Ken Sutherland, said the results had already proven it to be a worthwhile decision.

“Our first year of involvement was very successful. It’s great to see the programme thriving, and to hear numbers have grown by around 56% in just one season. 

“By partnering with sports like netball, rugby and hockey at a junior level, we are reaching thousands of children with important safety messages, whilst supporting an active and healthy community at the same time.”

With its sponsorship activity, Unison strives to support organisations and groups that are working to grow the community in a positive way.

“Hawke’s Bay is a small community in comparison to a lot of New Zealand’s larger cities, and we are proud to support a programme that is leading the way in such an important area of focus for children,” said Mr Sutherland.

“Physically active lifestyles contribute to a healthier population of children in our region, and we are therefore looking forward to another great season encouraging this.”

In 2015, all primary and intermediate school netballers will again receive a kit bag and drink bottle from Unison at the beginning of the season, with each team also getting Player of the Day certificates and trophies. 

The Unison Medal ceremony will be held at the end of the season, recognising one player from each primary school team who has shown great work ethic, discipline and fair play throughout the season. 

“And of course, Unison will be at the courts again this year with lots of promotions throughout the season.” 

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