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Hawke's Bay Earthquake CommemorationTe whakamaumaharatanga ki te rū whenua

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.

For more information on the earthquake see Hawke's Bay 1931.

Images of 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake and from the 2015 commemoration ceremony.

Mayor and Survivors2022 Earthquake Commemoration

Due to the requirements of the COVID-19 red traffic light setting, this year’s commemoration was an invite-only event held at St Matthew’s Church. After the ceremony Mayor Sandra Hazlehurst accompanied three survivors to the Hastings clock tower to lay wreaths to honour the 91 people who lost their lives in Hastings.

read the mayor's speech here

Photos from the 1931 Earthquake


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