An elderly Hawkes Bay fisherman was rescued after activating his beacon.


The Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter crew responded to a call out by the Rescue Coordination Centre last Friday after a beacon was activated at Kereru. 

A 75 year old fly fisherman with medical complications was airlifted from the remote river location to Hawke’s Bay Regional Hospital for further treatment.

Napier gets a new maternity resource centre.


The Napier Maternity Resource Centre (234 Kennedy Rd) will be having their opening day on Tuesday, November 18 at 10.30am.

A maternity services review in 2012 prompted the decision to establish a maternity resource centre in Napier, where the public agreed a resource centre that would provide local access to ante and post natal information and support was what they wanted.

The centre will provide midwifery assessments, breastfeeding support, pregnancy and parenting information, and also serve as a drop-in centre for women seeking advice about pregnancy, finding a midwife or who have concerns and queries.

It will work in collaboration with the existing Midwifery Centre which has been at 234 Kennedy Rd for the last 20 years providing midwifery services to Napier women and their families.

The centre will also be linked in with community based agencies who support new parents such as Plunket Community Hub, Tamariki Ora, Family Start, Family Works, WINZ, Housing New Zealand etc

A former Hawkes Bay paramedics actions were offensive to ambulance officers nationwide.


It took the jury just three hours to find former Hawkes Bay paramedic Christopher King guilty of eight charges of sexual offending against four female patients between 2010 and July last year.

The 48 year old had been employed by St John in 2009 but resigned after being suspended in August 2013.

In his four years as an ambulance officer Mr King would have transported hundreds of patients and people are being urged to come forward if they believe they may have been assaulted by him.

As a result of Mr King's offending, St John's say they have implemented yearly police checks of all frontline staff.

They say they were pleased justice had been served and say Mr Kings crimes were offensive to ambulance officers nationwide who are out there every day serving their communities and saving lives.

Mr King has been remanded in custody and will be sentenced on December 19.

Hawkes Bay receives a $2.5 million investment in state of the art diagnostic scanners.


A $2.5 million investment in state of the art diagnostic scanners was celebrated as the Minister of Health, Hon. Tony Ryall officially declared them open for use at Hawke's Bay Hospital.

The two scanners a CT (Computed Tomography 128 slice) and a NM (Nuclear Medicine scanner in conjunction with a CT 16 slice scanner) replace the aging CT 40 slice scanner and single slice nuclear medicine scanner that was not able to act as back-up, because of limited diagnostic capability.

Radiology manager Paula Jones said this was a great day not only for staff at Hawke's Bay Hospital but for people in Hawke's Bay.

"We now have two scanners that provide diagnostic CT capability that can back each other up if we need them to," she said.

"This will reduce wait times, and will mean people won't have to travel out of town if the main CT scanner is out for maintenance.

"In 2004 funding for the old CT scanner was donated to Hawke's Bay Hospital by the Tom McCormack Estate and we have been very grateful for that.

The CT scanner was a great workhorse and completed over 9000 examinations a year.

" Chief executive Kevin Snee said having the ability to invest in technology was vitally important to the board going forward.

"Over the past few years we have been able to make significant investments in health for people in Hawke's Bay - the development of the Wairoa Health Centre, a new seventh theatre, a new mental health unit (currently being developed), investment in new technology like the two scanners and a new renal dialysis unit.

" Dr Snee said being financially sustainable was the key to the community being able to have access to the infrastructure and technology they deserved.

"The new CT and nuclear medicine scanner are integral to being able to provide a quality and safe health service, where clinicians have access to the best diagnostic tools to help them do their job."

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