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Heritage helps highlight our district’s history and culture

Our district has a diverse history. Historic buildings and places are important in helping tell the stories that shaped both the district and Aotearoa New Zealand. Protecting and managing Hastings’ significant heritage items leaves a lasting legacy for future generations. Landowners and interest groups have worked hard to preserve our heritage and share it with others.  

The heritage features of the Hastings district are not limited to the city centre; they are also found in the wider Hastings urban area, Havelock North and throughout the rural area. Information on the individual significant heritage buildings, areas and items currently protected via the District Plan are displayed in the browser below.

The District Plan identifies and protects some heritage, however additional items could be added to provide broader recognition of the district’s heritage and ensure our heritage is preserved for future generations. We are therefore looking for nominations from the community for future historic heritage buildings, items or areas to be researched and potentially included in our District Plan.

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  • The Resource Management Act identifies the protection of historic heritage as a matter of national importance, and requires Councils to appropriately manage historic heritage.
  • The current District Plan protects some heritage – mainly in the commercial area – but there needs to be broader representation of the District’s heritage.
  •  District Plan rules for historic heritage generally require resource consent for additions and alterations so that key heritage features are not lost.  It is likely that similar rules would apply to any future items added to the District Plan.

We’re seeking your nominations

  • Council is working alongside locals from Historic Places Hawke’s Bay to research buildings, areas and items that tell/have told stories of the wider Hastings region and Aotearoa’s history.
  • We are currently seeking nominations for items the community thinks hold heritage value and significance. Heritage items may be identified for their aesthetic, archaeological, architectural, cultural, historical, scientific, social, spiritual, technological or traditional significance or value. They may also be identified for their group and setting, landmark or design significance.
  • Our intention is that this information would be used to identify buildings and items that could be added to the list of heritage items in the Hastings District Plan.

You can make a nomination here


  • If you have any questions regarding the heritage browser or nomination projects, please contact Anna Sanders, Council Senior Environmental Planner (Special Projects) at
  • If you would like to discuss certain buildings, areas or items that you may wish to nominate, you may also contact local archaeologist Elizabeth Pishief on 021 140 8718 or Kate Hooper on 021 250 9550.

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