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FRIDAY 22 MAY 2020

Following a delay due to COVID-19 restrictions, the annual duck shooting season gets underway tomorrow morning.

The season in Hawke’s Bay will run until the 21st of June, with a daily bag limit of eight for mallard and grey duck, as well as paradise shelduck.

Federated Farmers is reminding shooters to take extra care over the upcoming opening weekend.

Spokesperson Miles Anderson says over forty percent of duck shooting accidents occur on the opening weekend, and all hunters, experienced or not, need to stop and take time to think about safety.

Meanwhile the Pekapeka Wetlands area is closed this weekend to the public due to the opening of the season.

Lake Whatuma is looking likely to be off the cards for hunters this season, due to the drought.

Hawke's Bay Fish & Game’s Jesse Friedlander said with the severity of the drought in the region this year some duck hunters such as those who traditionally set up maimai at Whatumā will need to change where they hunt.


Hawke's Bay Police have arrested and charged four people in connection with the death of Philippine man Jermaine Ramos in Hastings last year.

Mr Ramos, who had been living in Waipukurau, was found deceased at a residential property in Akina on the 1st of April.

Three men - aged 41, 29 and 28 - have been charged with murder and aggravated robbery.

One of the men appeared in Hastings District Court yesterday and was remanded in custody.

The other two men will appear today.

A 37-year-old woman has also been charged with the aggravated robbery of Mr Ramos.

Police say as the matter is now before the court, no further comment can be made at this time.
Just over $9000 has been donated to an Ashley Clinton family who lost their home and possessions in a fire earlier this month.