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 wider Hawke's Bay, and to celebrate the city and community around us. Stories of how the event reshaped Hastings are told and wreaths are laid 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 2019 event will mark the 88th anniversary.
For more information on the earthquake see Hawke's Bay 1931.
Images of 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake and from the 2015 commemoration ceremony.
Michael Fowler's tales from the 'quake
Local historian, Michael Fowler spoke at the 2015 commemoration service. His speech is transcribed here. (pdf 191 kb)