Hastings – our fantastic city – is 150 years old this year.
On 8th July 1873, Francis Hicks auctioned 100 acres of his land, divided into town and suburban sections. This signified the start of Hastings CBD.
To mark this 150 year milestone, Hastings District Council, in partnership with other organisations, is planning a series of community events to signify this important commemoration. Beginning with a Commemorative Weekend on 8-9 July, and continuing for up to a year, our community is invited to get involved. We will reflect and kōrero on our history, culture, people, and memorable moments in time.
Whilst acknowledging that the history of our rohe and Heretaunga mana whenua extends far beyond 1873, we will celebrate and remember past events and people that have contributed to making Hastings district the unique place that it is today.
Hastings will be strong again
This commemoration is particularly poignant considering the recent devastating effects of Cyclone Gabrielle. We can draw strength by reflecting on the challenges and impactful events of our history - and how our community has pulled together in times of need. Knowing that Hastings has overcome challenges before, inspires us to know that we will build better and stronger, and we will recover.