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Native trees top of the order at Hawke's Bay cricket club's annual planting day

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Frances and Arthur O’Sullivan, of Napier, help plant a flax at the Clifton County Cricket Club with a little help from their dad Brendan. Supplied: Lauren Buccholz.

More than 1,300 new native plants now adorn the hillsides behind Te Awanga on the Hawke's Bay coast, thanks to the help of over 80 volunteers.

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Senior Hawke's Bay gang leader wanted by police

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Police say Paul Ashley Chadwick now has greying hair. Supplied.

Police are searching for a senior Hawke's Bay gang leader.

Paul Ashley Chadwick, 52, has been described by police as a "senior Mongrel Mob leader in Hawke’s Bay".

They say a warrant is out for his arrest in relation to a charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Chadwick is described as having a fat to solid build, 173cm tall, with greying hair.

Police say he should not be approached.

Police are asking anyone who knows where Chadwick is to call 111, or any information relating to his possible whereabouts can also be given to Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Advisory: Westerly gales over Hawke's Bay slowly easing

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A strong westerly flow covers the North Island, and a Watch for the possibility of SEVERE westerly gales will be maintained for Hawkes Bay (south of Napier) and the Tararua District for the time-being.

Winds should slowly ease this afternoon.

Note, the Watch for all other regions is lifted.

Napier records warmest July 23 on record, Wairoa records warmest July night ever

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A number of temperature records toppled across New Zealand over the weekend, including many places in Hawke's Bay, as tropical winds from New Caledonia and Vanuatu streamed over the country.

New daily temperature records were set on Saturday, Saturday night, and Sunday with some places as warm or warmer during the night than November, according to NIWA.

Napier's maximum of 21.8C was it hottest daytime temp for a July 23 in more than 70 years, while Wairoa's overnight minimum of 15.8C was its warmest ever night in July, period.

Read more: Napier records warmest July 23 on record, Wairoa records warmest July night ever

No. 8 winning work on display at MTG Hawke's Bay

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Ben Pearce's Stone Age Eight Gauge

The winning work of this year’s Fieldays No. 8 Wire National Art Award is now on show in the foyer of MTG Hawke’s Bay.

Leading Hawke’s Bay artist Ben Pearce won the award with his artwork titled ‘Stone Age Eight Gauge’.

The Fieldays No.8 Wire Award celebrates the ingenuity of New Zealanders, particularly the ability to make do with any available resource. To enter the competition, artists must create an artwork that consists of at least 50 percent number 8 wire.

While many artists choose to create on a large scale, Pearce did the opposite, carving his winning artwork from the wire to create tiny steel shards.

"On closer inspection, these tarnished and dented forms begin to resemble ancient artifacts such as spearheads and arrowheads and fragments of stone tools," says MTG Art Curator Jess Mio. These remnants from another time and place transcend national borders, showing that the number 8 wire mentality is global.

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What's happening in Hawke's Bay from July 22- 28

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Read more: What's happening in Hawke's Bay from July 22- 28

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