Two people have been arrested following what has been described by witnesses as an "Islanders v Māori" street brawl in the Hawke's Bay suburb of Flaxmere last night.

The incident, on Montrose Pl, involved bricks and fence palings and officers from up to five police cars, as well as a police dog, were used to help break it up, witnesses told Hawke's Bay Today.

Constable Brendon Dyke said they received a report of a "verbal and physical altercation" between neighbours on the street at about 11.17pm.

He said two men, aged 20 and 34, will be appearing in the Hastings District Court on Monday.


The 20-year-old is charged with possession of an offensive weapon and assault with a weapon, and the 34-year-old is charged with disorderly behaviour and common assault.

Both men were transported to hospital with minor injuries.

Dyke said no one else is being sought and there are no public safety concerns.