A man breaking strict lockdown rules has been arrested after paddle boarding at Napier's Perfume Point.

The 55-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday.

A police spokesperson said police and members of the public had attempted to educate the man by explaining rules around the restrictions. However the man was verbally abusive in response.

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Police said he refused to provide officers with his details so a warning could be issued and then tried to run away from the attending officers.

The man was arrested and charged with obstruct/hinder a person assisting a medical officer, resisting police and disorderly behaviour and has been summoned to appear in court at a later date.