Law & Order

Armed Mongrel gang members prompt Armed Offenders Squad

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Four people have been arrested and charged after a member of the public spotted gang members with a firearm in Hawke's Bay.

Police were alerted to the situation on Taihape Rd in Fernhill near Hastings about 4pm today, Senior Sergeant Nick Dobson said, and members of the Armed Offenders Squad were dispatched.

Police cordoned off the area and four arrests were made, with three of those arrested members of the Mongrel Mob and the other an associate of the gang.

They were charged with obstruction of justice and other charges are likely to be made.

Police also searched the home and adjoining properties but couldn't find the gun which prompted the search.

Logging truck crashes near Napier


Police and fire services are on their way to a crash near Napier involving a car and a logging truck.

TheNapier-Taupo Rd is closed for some time after a crash at the bottom of the Titiokura Hill. A car has hit a logging truck and the two people in the car have died. It's not known how long the road will be closed for.

Police communications shift commander Ken Climo says they received the call shortly after midday that a car had collided with a logger truck on State Highway 5. He says they believe the crash is fatal.

The road is closed and more information is expected to be released soon.

A Hawke's Bay iwi is keen to run the local prison.


Hawke's Bay iwi is keen to one day run the area's prison, saying it could operate it more effectively than the Department of Corrections.

Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi said the Crown had done little to address the high rate of reoffending, or to cut the number of tāngata whenua in prison.

The iwi is one of two tribes in the rohe backing a retired probation officer's urgent Waitangi Tribunal 'corrections claim', alleging the Crown had failed to cut the high number of Māori in prison and their rates of reoffending.

Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi chair Ngahiwi Tomoana said it had the capability to run the local prison and provide better rehabilitation for tāngata whenua, by applying the Māori world view.

"From a Ngāti Kahungunu point of view we have one prison stuck right in the middle of our rohe. One day we would like to think we could operate it and more efficiently and effectively than is currently being done - the Corrections pre-sentencing and post - and I think we can do a much better job than is happening right now. What's happening right now is shameful."

Mr Tomoana said Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi could alternatively take a personalised approach for its own people.

"If I had to term it anything I'd call it 'taking down the walls' and over time, just like our kaumatua did, my predecessors in this position did before me. Well, if it's costing $5 million a year to run the prison, give us half and we'll keep our people out.

"Based on that thinking, I'd like to pursue that and explore options that are more effective for the whole community and for the Government as well."

Mr Tomoana said the rangatahi court system was a good step in the right direction, but more progress was required.

"I think they're working and I think they're a good example of the evolution of the process, it's not the end, but I think it's a turning point and there needs to be more of that and more encouragement of the positive things that are happening in the systems which the mainstream system seems to resist any change at all.

"But there are some positive changes and I'm enthusiastic about promoting and accelerating them even further and them proliferating throughout all our communities."

Central Hawke's Bay arrest after reports of an armed offender


A person has been arrested in central Hawke's Bay following reports an armed man was on the loose.

Cordons were put in place around 1pm in the vicinity of State Highway 2 between Waipukerau and Takapua after police were alerted to an incident involving a firearm being pointed at another person. It was then reported the alleged gunman was at large with two firearms.

The armed offenders squad and police negotiating team were deployed and a 57-year-old man was arrested without incident.

A police investigation is continuing.


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