A man who fled while on bail to attend his son's funeral was located by Hawke's Bay police late last night.

Joseph Tira Rangi was remanded in custody on Tuesday after pleading guilty to a domestic violence incident during which he bit his partner's face, punched her and gagged her screams with her own scarf.

However, he was granted a day release to attend the funeral of his 15-year-old son, but never returned to the Hawke's Bay Regional Prison by his curfew.

Police launched a man hunt for Rangi, warning yesterday that he was dangerous and not to be approached.


Hastings police Senior Sergeant Brian Smith said Rangi was located at a Hastings address about 11pm last night.

Mr Smith said Rangi was detained in police cells overnight, before an appearance in Hastings District Court today.