Public fight caught on film in Napier

No arrests were made.
No arrests were made. Photo credit: Hawke's Bay Today

A brawl in central Napier was caught on camera over the weekend. 

Footage of the incident shows a group of around five men gathered around a ute dockside at West Quay on Sunday. The men then start pushing each other, before punches are thrown.

Some of the participants can also be seen attempting to use knees and legs in the fight.

The video was filmed from a bar opposite the dock carpark and shared online.

"What a pack of idiots," one person in the bar can be heard saying.

"Police attended reports of a disorder on West Quay yesterday about 4pm," a spokesperson confirmed to Newshub.

However, the people involved in the fight had left before police arrived, the spokesperson said. No arrests were made.

People's reactions online were split on the fight.

"Same old same old really," wrote one person. "It's just now everyone has phones to record it so you see it more."

Another said: "Back when I was a kid this was how you made mates. Looks like a few guys sorting out a bro who didn't get the message."

Others expressed concern at the seeming increase in violence in the area lately, writing: "What is happening in [Hawke's Bay] at the moment??" 

The incident comes after a spate of gang-related incidents around Hawke's Bay.

Last Sunday, police were called to Anderson Park in Napier after reports of men fighting with weapons in what was believed to be an incident involving Black Power and Mongrel Mob.

On the same day, a shotgun was also reportedly fired in more gang-related activity.

Napier Mayor Kirsten Wise told RNZ she was shocked and saddened by the escalation of violence.

There is no evidence the West Quay fight was gang-related.