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Napier councillor's election sign disappears from fence

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Richard McGrath says this election sign went missing from Meeanee Rd. Supplied.

Election billboard tampering season is already upon us, with first-term Napier City Councillor Richard McGrath disappointed one of his election signs has gone missing with still more than two months  remaining before October's local government elections.

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Regional prosperity action plan launched in Hawke's Bay

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Ministers Te Ururoa Flavell, Steven Joyce, Nathan Guy and Craig Foss at this morning's launch. Photo: Clinton Llewellyn AAHB.

Investigating turning the National Aquarium in Napier into a world-class marine research facility, moving 1000 beneficiaries into paid work within three years, and spending $25million to improve road access to Napier Port are the first three initiatives of a new economic strategy unveiled for the region today.

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Senior Hawke's Bay Mob leader located by police

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Hawke’s Bay police have located Paul Ashley Chadwick, who had the warrant to arrest in relation to a charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Police described Chadwick as a "senior Mongrel Mob leader in Hawke's Bay" when they made an appeal for sightings of the 52-year-old earlier this month.

He was located at a Napier address and arrested on Tuesday night without incident, and was due to appear in Hastings District Court today, police said.

Police say they would like to thank the public for their help in locating him.

Napier bakery wins gold for best plain mince-and-gravy pie in the country

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Angkor Wat Kiwi Bakery & Café in the Napier CBD serves up the best mince and gravy pie in the country, according to the judges of the 20th Bakels NZ Supreme Pie Awards

A bacon-and-egg pie from Tauranga may have taken out the supreme award at last night's 20th Bakels NZ Supreme Pie Awards in Auckland, but a Napier bakery won the coveted and hotly-contested mince and gravy category.

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Young Hawke's Bay vandals nabbed after 'excellent' police work

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The young vandals used large rocks to smash windows in Havelock North, Whakatu and Clive. Supplied.

Some "excellent" detective work by Hawke's Bay police staff has netted those allegedly responsible for a spate of vandalism attacks that caused thousands of dollars’ worth of damage and left their victims shaken.

Senior Sergeant Luke Shadbolt, area manager response for Hastings, said police began receiving multiple calls regarding vandalism attacks on properties throughout the Havelock North area on Tuesday July, 19 followed by others the next day in Havelock North, Whakatu and Clive.

“These apparent random attacks involved rocks being thrown through residents’ windows, causing thousands of dollars’ worth of damage, as well as frightening the nine victims, many of whom were elderly or families with young children who were understandably left shaken and scared,” Mr Shadbolt said.

“Following these calls, frontline officers noted that amongst these incidents – for which there were initially no clear indications of who was involved – at the same time there were prank calls also made to fire and ambulance services, including claims that there was a house fire in Clive.

“Putting this information together, police then set plans in place to catch the offenders while the communications centre worked to trace the prank phone calls, which led to those responsible being identified.

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Police photo shwoing the size of some the rocks. Supplied.

“Thanks to the combination of good police work by frontline staff and the support of the communications centre, the two teenage offenders were soon found and arrested at a nearby motel that night.

“Overall it was an excellent team effort to help these vulnerable victims, and through the great work of a number of particularly observant staff, we’re holding those responsible to account and preventing others in our community from becoming victims.”

Mr Shadbolt also acknowledged the work of the CIB and Youth Services, while frontline staff had also since followed up with the victims to organise reparation costs.

“We want residents to feel safe and be safe, and we will continue to work towards preventing and reducing crime in our community.”

The two teenagers will appear in the Hastings Youth Court on Thursday July 28, 2016.

$3000 fine for Hastings handyman for unauthorised plumbing work

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A Hastings home handyman has been fined $3,000 for carrying out unauthorised and defective plumbing work.

Handyman Dennis Rosser was found guilty in Hastinsg District Court on Tuesday and sentenced to pay a $3,000 fine, $113 in solicitor’s fees and $130 in court costs for conducting restricted sanitary plumbing work without authorisation.

The complainant in the case, aHastings landlady, engaged Mr Rosser to repair a leaking hot water cylinder at her property.

The restricted sanitary plumbing work undertaken in relation to the leaking hot water cylinder included replacing a 20mm gate valve and installing a crox tee.

The complainant became concerned sometime after the repairs, when she started receiving unusually high electricity invoices.

This made her suspect that the hot water cylinder continued to leak, and subsequently she engaged another properly qualified contractor who discovered that Rosser's work was defective, causing hot water to leak under the house and leaving the area saturated.

The Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board says the case reinforced its message to landlords and property managers last week to make sure that they only use authorised tradespeople.

"Restricted plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying work conducted by anyone, including home handyman service providers, who don’t hold a current licence from the board is illegal. Unauthorised people are not only putting public health and safety at risk - they may also be invalidating homeowner insurance policies," said Martin Sawyers, board chief executive.

"This is one of many cases addressed by the board where the complainant had simply assumed that the person engaged was legally authorised to do the work".

"Tradespeople are required to carry a current authorisation card - and homeowners and property managers should ask to sight it to protect themselves from any health and safety or insurance risk."

Peopl can check if a person is authorised by searching the online public register at www.pgdb.co.nz or by phoning 0800 743 262.

If a homeowner believes that work has been done by someone who is not authorised, or has concerns about the competency of a tradesperson, they should notify the board.

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