Hawke's Bay Earthquake Commemoration
Earthquake Commemoration in Hastings
Every year on February 3, Hastings commemorates the anniversary of the 1931 Hawke's Bay Earthquake.
A special ceremony open to the general public is held at the Hastings City Centre Mall to remember the day that changed lives in Hastings, and to celebrate the city and community around us. Stories of how the event reshaped Hastings will be told. A period of reflection will be held for those who lost their lives or endured severe hardships, followed by the laying of wreaths at the clock tower in memory of the lives lost in the earthquake.
The service starts at 10.30am, with the clock tower bells ringing at 10.47, the exact time the quake struck our region.
The 2018 event will mark the 87th anniversary.
Images of 1931 Hawke's Bay Earthquake and commemoration ceremony.
Michael Fowler's tales from the quake
Local historian, Michael Fowler spoke at the 2015 commemoration service. Link to his speech (pdf 191 kb)