Police have made four further arrests after a period of heightened gang activity in the region.

Police confirmed that a 31-year-old man was arrested in Havelock North on Wednesday and was charged with possession of an offensive weapon and possession of methamphetamine.

The man was remanded in custody to appear in Hastings District Court on February 11.

A 22-year-old woman was also arrested at the same time in relation to a breach of conditions and will appear in Napier District Court on February 5.


A further two men were also arrested in Flaxmere on Wednesday in relation to the possession of offensive weapons and drugs offences.

One of the men was found carrying a large knife and the other a small axe, while cannabis and synthetic drugs were also located.

They both are expected to appear in Hastings District Court at a later stage.

Detective Inspector Rob Jones said Eastern Police continue their appeal for information from the public about any suspicious or concerning activity, particularly in relation to gang-related issues and the shooting in Taradale on Sunday.

"This is a difficult time for our communities, who are understandably concerned about recent events.

"We are committed to preventing and investigating organised crime and gang-related offending. Police remain in contact with senior gang members, and are working with them and other community groups to diffuse current tensions.

"We are also meeting with community representatives in Ruatoria and Taradale over the coming days.

"Staff across the district continue to investigate recent firearms incidents and a number of arrests have been made."