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Hawkes Bay Magpies snatch back the Ranfurly Shield


The Hawkes Bay Magpies have the Ranfurly Shield in their grasp again after beating Counties Manukau 31-27 in Pukekohe this afternoon.

Read more: Hawkes Bay Magpies snatch back the Ranfurly Shield

Prominent jockey misses Hastings $200,000 Makfi Challenge due to race fixing allegations.


Tomorrows $200,000 Makfi Challenge at Hastings will be missing one of it's prominent jockeys after he was charged with deliberately holding a horse back from winning.

Yesterday David Walker was charged by The Racing Integrity Unit with two breaches of the Rules of Racing following his ride at Awapuni on August 16.

It is alleged that Walker placed bets on another horse, St Ransom, and deliberately rode his horse, Watch Your Man, so that he could cash in on his wager.

Unfortunately he failed to profit from his alleged efforts with St Ransom finishing 4th, Watch Your Man 8th and Stella Bella the winner.

According to New Zealand race rules a jockey is not allowed to place bets on any other horse but the one they are riding.

RIU general manager Mike Godber recommended to New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing that Walker's licence be suspended pending a hearing.



Napier is ready to greet the fans at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.


ICC Chief Executive David Richardson has expressed his satisfaction with preparations for next year's ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 after receiving detailed updates in Wellington and Melbourne this week.

Read more: Napier is ready to greet the fans at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

Celebrate the return of the All Blacks to Hawkes Bay.


For the first time in 18 years the All Blacks are returning to Hawke's Bay to take on Argentina on Saturday 6 September at McLean Park.

If you haven't already click here to buy your tickets to the game.

As well as the game, there's plenty of stuff planned around the weekend of the "Great Match":

Sunday 31 August - All Blacks arrive Hawke's Bay Airport


We want to give them a big Hawke's Bay welcome so go along and give the boys a wave as they touch down.

Monday 1 September – Win tickets to the game
4pm – 6.30pm

Air New Zealand are bringing their Economy Skycouch™ and some All Blacks to town on 1 September. Meet at the Soundshell in Napier at 4.30pm for your chance to win an All Blacks package to the game.

You will even get to meet some of the team!

Monday 1 September – Meet the All Blacks
4.30pm – 5.30pm

Bring your autograph book and meet the All Blacks at the Napier Municipal Theatre!

Thursday 4 September - Argentina Los Pumas arrive Hawke's Bay Airport

This is the visitors first taste of New Zealand so get along to the airport and welcome them with our good ol' fashioned Kiwi hospitality.

Thursday 4 September - Legends Dinner with Sir Brian Lochore & Ian Kirkpatrick

Sit down to dinner with these rugby greats to hear a few stories and enjoy a great match of food and wine. Tickets $65 per person. Book direct at The Gin Trap on phone (06) 835 0199.

Saturday 6 September - Napier Farmers' Market
9am – 2pm

Get fresh at this weekly urban market in Clive Square, Napier.

Saturday 6 September - YPUK Chilli Cook Off Black Out, Ruataniwha St, Waipukurau
10am – 10pm

Whether you're local or stopping through on the way to the Great Match, be sure to check out the The Great Ypuk Chilli Cook-Off where culinary teams all compete to cook the tastiest, hottest chilli in town.

Saturday 6 September - Fan Fiesta, Clive Square, Napier
11am – 2pm

The ultimate family day out, there will be a genuine Argentine Barbeque "Asado" with 1000 free beef sandwiches to give away. There will be free face painting, free vintage car rides, Tango and Salsa lessons and Latin American band Chico Con Timbao (Kantuta). Enjoy a show stopping Kapa Hapa performance by Parearau at 11.30am .

Saturday 6 September - West Quay HQ, Ahuriri

All the bars in West Quay will be hopping once again a they get ready for the match. Call in for a pre game drink, or park up and watch the action on the big screen. Argentine Chef Gaston will be serving up hot beef rolls at Mexi Mama with live music at The Gin Trap, Provedore, The Thirsty Whale, Shed 2 and Caution.

Saturday 6 September - Havelock North Village "Black Out"

Divas and The Loading Ramp will be serving fantastic food both pre and post game. Great Match combinations will be also be found at the Rose and Shamrock, Turks Bar and The Happy Tav.

Saturday 6 September - Kick Off at McLean Park (gates open from 5.30pm)
The big game!

Transport options

From Hastings to McLean Park and back to Hastings

Pre-book a bus from Hastings city centre to McLean Park and back for $15 per person. Leaving from The Common Room Bar at 6.30pm and returning to the Common Room at 10pm approx. Book your seat on the bus at either the Hastings or Havelock North i-SITEs or phone 0800 427 8464.

From The Duke in Taradale to McLean Park and back to the Duke

Free rugby buses will be running to McLean Park for the All Black match. Buses will return 15 minutes after the game. Get there early or phone (06) 8450502 to secure your spot.

From West Quay HQ Ahuriri to McLean Park and back to West Quay HQ Ahuriri

Transport will run from West Quay HQ in Ahuriri to McLean Park from 5.30pm and will return people post the Great Match to West Quay.

When: Sun 31 Aug - Sat 6 Sep
Where: Pin Hawke's Bay,
Restrictions: All ages

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Hawkes Bay rugby fans are encouraged to take the bus.


Rugby fans are being encouraged to take the easy travel option from Hastings to McLean Park in Napier for the Rugby Championship match on Saturday September 6th.  

For the first time in 18 years the All Blacks will play a match in Hawke’s Bay, when they meet Argentina in round 3 of the Championship.

A bus leaves the Common Room in Heretaunga Street East at 6.30pm and will return following the final whistle at around 10pm.

To book your seat on the bus, contact the Hastings or Havelock North i-SITEs or phone 0800 427 8464.

You can find out more here

West saves the day for Hawkes Bay.


The accurate tactical kicking game of Ihaia West helped seal Hawkes Bays win over Taranaki and provided a much need boost to the start of their NPC season.

Hawkes Bay bounced back after a 35-15 loss to Tasman last week with a nail biting performance.

Taranaki began their season with a 9-9 draw against Counties Manukau last week and the visitors looked ready to salvaged a draw when Marty McKenzie's try levelled the scores with three minutes remaining.

But an 82nd-minute drop goal by West potted from 20 metres out edged Hawke's Bay to a narrow 29-26 win in Napier on Friday.


Napier teen scores big at the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games


The men’s 5-a-side hockey won against Mexico in the placing classification rounds providing an eventful day nine at the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games.

The men’s 5-a-side hockey team won in the classification rounds today in a crushing 9-2 victory over Mexico.

The NZ team, returning from a difficult defeat to South Africa in the quarter-finals, came out on to the field with a roar, scoring four goals in the first third and only conceding one.

Stand-out plays came from Richmond Lum, 18, Auckland, and Dylan Thomas, 18, Napier, who scored four goals each, with Robbie Capizzi, 17, Auckland, rounding out the goals.

The team is "feeling miles high" according to assistant coach Lincoln Churchill.

"They got stuck in and put in a tough fight," he said. "Overall the boys were in true form."