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CBD Heritage Inventory Project

The Hastings CBD Heritage Inventory Project was begun in 2004 with the aim of providing information on the history and heritage of a large number of buildings in the Hastings CBD. The project covers 115 buildings, some of which make up a group. This has resulted in the preparation of 89 reports for individual buildings or groups of buildings that contribute to the unique history and architecture of the Hastings CBD.

The project was initiated jointly by the Hastings District Council and the New Zealand Historic Places Trust (NZHPT), and was financially supported by the Council, the NZHPT, the Hastings City Business Association (formerly Hastings City Marketing) and the Landmarks Trust.

The project covers the 27 buildings in the CBD that are registered by the NZHPT and/or are protected under the Hastings District Plan (Group 1). The remainder is those buildings that have local historical or architectural significance (Group 2) or that have local townscape significance (Group 3). Although the Group 2 and Group 3 buildings are not ‘listed’ or ‘registered’ many still fall within the Central Character Precinct which is an overlay affording streetscape protection to a specific area in the CBD.

The aim of the project was to provide information on the history and heritage values of the buildings in the Hastings CBD, ‘…in order to assist in the assessment of resource consent and building consent applications, assist property owners in preparing building consent applications, provide up to date information as part of Land Information Memorandums and … be useful to members of the community in researching the history of a particular building.’ (Project Brief, 2004.)

The Inventory is a standalone resource, separate from the District Plan, but it will be used as above, as a useful non-regulatory resource for the preservation and conservation of the heritage resource of the city.

The full inventory is available in hardcopy in two volumes for viewing in the Customer Services area at Hastings District Council Civic Admin Building, and at the Hastings Library. The pages contain the individual building reports which can be downloaded as required.

For more information on this project, please contact an Environmental Planner (Policy) via phone or email.


Group 1 buildings

Buildings listed by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust and in the Hastings District Plan.

Group 2 buildings

Buildings of Local Historical and Architectural Significance.

Group 3 buildings

Buildings of Local Townscape Value.

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