Hamish Bidwell is a Multimedia Journalist with the Hawke's Bay Today.
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In a pool of apples during Cyclone Gabrielle, a policeman pulled out his phone
Detective Steve Leonard's photo is now blown up on the wall at police headquarters.
‘A bit aggressive’: Fed-up Pakowhai Rd residents discussed creating roadblock
You might have seen the protest signs. What you might not know is the original intent.
Court fight over: Multimillion-dollar film studio in Hawke's Bay given the go-ahead
A film studio's backers were preparing to walk away, but mediation proved successful.
Sandra Hazlehurst says you can't rush residents into voluntary buyouts
Government wants things done quickly, but council says these complicated issues take time.
'The aroha, the manaaki, and the wairua': Thousands turn out to commemorate Cyclone Gabrielle in Hawke's Bay
Emotions and community spirit were strong as people from all over came together.
'I was just in a blind panic': Good Samaritan swoops to the aid of Hawke’s Bay teen
Anna McGrath thought she'd lost her daughter after a severe seizure.
'He is the complete man': Former mayor leads tributes to Pat Benson
Pat Benson is remembered for his vision, good nature and selflessness.
First in the sky over 'a war zone': How an orchardist rescued 150 people with a chopper
Cam Taylor had no search and rescue expertise, but his community needed saving.
Cyclone rebuild of Hawke’s Bay will be a decade in the making
Projects are lined up in order of priority and will start as, and when, the funds arrive.
Hawke’s Bay growers say looks can be deceiving as devastated industry attempts to build back
Much of the post-cyclone cleanup is done, but horticulture still faces a long recovery.
Hastings mayor focused on finishing voluntary buy-out process
Sandra Hazlehurst helped unveil $400,000 refurbishment of historic Keirunga Homestead.
Watch: The Napier inventor who just wants a seat at the table
Louwrens Burger needs someone to see the value in his revolutionary picnic table.
'Sinking feeling in my puku': Last development on protected side of Te Mata Peak
Hastings District Council prohibited the development of land in this area in 2022.
‘Walking miracle’: Ailing football manager didn't want a tribute match, but they gave him one anyway
David Greene has lived with cancer for all of his 54 years.
Journey of grief: Woman who lost 11 horses in cyclone on why she's leaving Hawke's Bay
Flooding dealt Michelle Skafer a blow that Stable Hearts in Pākōwhai can't recover from.
Multi-level building to be built at Havelock North intersection
The new commercial building is going in at the corner of Havelock Rd and Porter Drive.
'Educated and cunning': Small town cop's unusual find inside hidden compartments of car
'It’s not somewhere generally that we would look for something like seafood.'
33C scorcher in Hawke's Bay's forecast as wave of warmth beckons
Temperatures will be hot and perfect for cricket.
Little-known banking 'handbrake': Insurance paid them out, then ASB said they couldn't touch it
A change to how insurance funds are paid out feels 'unfair'.
The Havelock North man who made our mountains safer
Hamish McCostie has been recognised for services to outdoor recreation, Search & Rescue.
Plenty of tickets up for grabs for festive season internationals at McLean Park
So far 1600 tickets have sold for Saturday’s one-day game and 2000 for the Twenty20.
Blocked by rocks: Landowner wants $200,000 to reopen beachfront drive
Eru Smith says he's tired of negotiating with council and took matters into his own hands.
Bay's head firefighter says weather patterns now ripe for wildfires
It remains open fire season in Hawke's Bay, but probably won't be for long.
Police dog handling dream comes true: 'You get to go home at the end of the day with your mate'
Constable Cole Devenport got the luck of the draw, with his job and his new best friend.
Hastings Golf Club wins hosting rights for NZ PGA Championships
Plans are now under way to have the NZ PGA reinstated to the Australasian Tour.
When rock beats paper roads: Iwi leader's beach block ignites legal quandary
The vexed issue of vehicle use on Waimārama Beach hit a roadblock in the past week.
New Zealand fast bowler 'Billy' Stirling will be 'sorely, sorely missed'
Stirling gave countless hours to Hawke's Bay cricket.
Potential funding for new Hawke's Bay Hospital up in the air
Reti gives no indication of where hospital business case is at.
Iwi boss installs boulders to block vehicle access to beach
Bayden Barber says children are being 'run off the beach by vehicles'.
The plight of ECE teachers: 'Maybe we’re not whinging enough'
"We’ve got a serious shortage of staff - why would you want to work for $10,000 less?"
Hastings mayor and high-profile councillor go toe-to-toe as rift deepens
Hastings mayor Sandra Hazlehurst and councillor Damon Harvey are increasingly at odds.
'We’ve already got laws in place': Couple argue beach traffic can be safe
A total ban - or better policing of driving on coast?
'Big challenge': Rescue helicopter at a crossroads, in need of $18m replacement
Ian Wilmot is retiring as chief executive amid uncertainty over Govt contracts.
Musical chairs: Five council committee leaders changed due to 'succession planning'
Hastings council’s decision is unusual, but it's perfectly legitimate, expert says.
Rain threat for Hawke's Bay: Market cancelled, festival urges umbrellas
Bay View Market Day is off but donations can still be made to Eskdale School.
'Fool's paradise': Why residents want vehicles off a famous Kiwi beach
'There’s a culture now ... the noise, the mess - awful, awful, awful.'
Havelock North flooding: $10m of Government funding to upgrade dams and streams sought
Work on the Mangarau Dam and stream would allow smashed properties to become Category 1.
‘The difference between living and dying’: Why Hawke’s Bay apple crop is rebounding
The 2024 season won’t be the absolute nightmare it could’ve been. Here's why.
Plan for SH2 to be raised at Whirinaki means journey home can begin for some residents
Residents who have fought for their future are now 'walking on air'.
Shellfish ban to last for weeks or months, flooding mooted as toxin cause
NZ Food Safety says flooding could have added nutrients that are causing the toxin.
'Hit the ground running': Nats' Hawke’s Bay winners working unpaid amid negotiations
Katie Nimon and Catherine Wedd aren't officially MPs until a Government is sworn in.
Triple hat-trick? Lightning strikes seven times for bowler in HB premier cricket
One hat-trick is freakish enough. But Caleb Gaylard wasn't done yet.
Rising son: Globetrotting life of Hawke's Bay's Japanese cricketer
Koji Hardgrave Abe captains Japan's under-19 team, which has qualified for the Asia Cup.
Power Consumers’ Trust admits breaching privacy of submitters to ownership review
Letters of apology will be sent to each of the 200 submitters.
Havelock North resort gets approval to serve alcohol despite ‘animosity’ from neighbours
Public objections were filed by 26 neighbours, including three who spoke at a hearing.
'We get put through hoop after hoop': The wait to return home in Whirinaki
Potential resilience plans include a stopbank and the raising of State Highway 2.
'It was luck, really': The emergency resilience pods that aided Wairoa in hour of need
Twenty one emergency resilience pods arrived in Wairoa just days before Cyclone Gabrielle.
Three-storey hotel to rise above Havelock North retail block
Joll Road will soon be home to a 40-room apartment hotel.
HBRC trying to find ways to reduce cost for landowners hydroseeding silt
Recent rain has settled much silt debris across Hawke’s Bay but it might not last.