A few hundred metres down from the car park at Hawke's Bay's most popular natural attraction is a narrow hairpin bend with a spine-tinglingly large drop off one side.

Locals have no choice but to crawl around, palms sweating, hoping against hope there's no-one roaring up the other side.

So when hundreds of Mongrel Mob members, their cars and motorbikes decided to commandeer the carpark for a patching ceremony on Saturday, police understandably got nervous - heck, even Mongrel Mob Hastings leader Rex Timu was worried.

They closed the road for "safety reasons", starting what may now be an unstoppable


How did it get to this?


The man in the mountain

The council's anger

Scars reopened