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The Landmarks Trust

Hastings Landmarks Trust LogoThe Landmarks Trust is an initiative between the community and Hastings District Council to promote the Hastings District’s image, identity and sense of place and to foster civic pride.

Look around and you’ll see so much that the Landmarks Trust has been involved with, including:

  • An upgrade of 100+ buildings in the centre of Hastings as part of the Façade Enhancement Scheme
  • Recognising and celebrating successful projects within the District at the annual Landmarks Awards
  • Entranceways into our region
  • Artworks
  • Colourful garden beds, street trees and hanging baskets
  • New cycling and walking initiatives

The Landmarks Trust also act as advocates for the community, saving precious community spaces from subdivision, preserving our heritage and areas of special character, lobbying and working with Council, plus much more...

History of the Landmarks Trust

Jeremy DwyerJeremy Dwyer In the 1980 - 90s, the Hastings District was reeling from an economic downturn, closed industries (especially two freezing works and Morrison Industries which were major employers) and a breaking down of the “old order” - all of which had a major effect on its people.

The late Jeremy Dwyer (pictured), Hastings mayor, had just been elected and inherited a dispirited and depressed environment. He was New Zealand’s youngest mayor at the time. Jeremy recognised the importance of our identity and heritage. He also saw a strong desire from the community to build on the strengths of the district in order to make it a better place to live, visit and do business in. With his driving optimism, in the late 1990s, he forged a path ahead – with both business and community forums, workshops and overseas experience to call on.

What resulted was the Landmarks philosophy: the community’s blueprint for a better future. A comprehensive Landmark’s Development Plan evolved which won a New Zealand Planning Institute Award in 2001. This Plan was in part guided by the largest public questionnaire ever conducted in the city. It details the aims and aspirations of Council in upholding the Landmarks philosophy to create a better environment for our citizens. It is regularly updated and provides a sound reference point.

Out of this renewed energy and vitality, the Hastings District Landmarks Trust was born. It was subsequently established as an incorporated society in 2000, with the Hastings District Council creating a Landmarks arm within Council (which later became the Landmarks Advisory Group).

The general purpose of the Trust is to guide Council in its development and implementation of Landmarks initiatives, and to promote Landmarks objectives and initiatives within the community.

Landmarks in Hastings District

Our philosophy

Four key areas drive the passion of the Landmarks Trust members:

  • Landscape
  • History
  • Architecture
  • Art in public places

Each category aims to implement the Landmarks philosophy of a better place to live in, enjoy and be proud of.

We believe community input is vital and value the unique contribution Council makes in adopting the Landmarks’ philosophy. Each time we select a project, referencing our four key categories, we consider whether its final outcome can be improved through:

  • Strong public participation
  • Good design that pays attention to detail
  • Use of design themes and quality materials that are responsive to who we are and our communities’ journeys

Most Beautiful City

Landmarks celebrates Hastings winning the Keep New Zealand Beautiful Award for New Zealand's Most Beautiful City!

Huge congratulations to the District Council Team for their great planning and work over the years, supported by the Landmarks Trust and other caring organisations. Jeremy Dwyer will be smiling.

Lighting in the Central City - have you seen the Clock Tower with its stunning lighting? (Hastings' answer to Auckland's Sky Tower?) And the myriad of fairy lights in the trees surrounding the fountain? Just beautiful!


We are blessed in this region with great natural features from the mountains to the sea, soil and climate: an abundance of the ingredients for the good life. Landmarks’ focus is to preserve and enhance our beautiful Hanging baskets main streetparks, streetscapes and public as well as private spaces for the enjoyment of all.

The Landmarks philosophy is at the forefront of a number of Council projects, supported and often initiated by the Landmarks Trust.

A major tree-planting programme throughout the streets and roads of the district. Themed planting also identifies important gateway/entrances within the region and in many cases reflects our horticultural strength, eg flowering cherry and olive trees

  • The maintenance and enhancement of historic and new parks and plantings, eg re-vamps of Flaxmere Park, the Havelock North Village Domain; the new William Nelson Park near the CBD for skateboarders and families, complete with playground and a statue of William Nelson and his dog. Opened 2013.
  • The creation of “Pocket Parks” in town, eg Landmarks Square in Warren Street, opened in 2011
  • The saving of part of Windsor Park from being subdivided for housing, 2010
  • The creation of the Roy’s Hill Reserve – the restoration (since 2009), with native plantings, walkways and picnic areas on the old Landfill in the Gimblett Gravels region on State Highway 50 supported by business Sponsors, planted by Landmarks Trust volunteers and maintained by Council staff. The reserve was opened in 2012
  • Hanging baskets gloriously adorning our main centres throughout summer and now winter too
  • Preservation of the Renee Orchiston Flax Collection on the Longlands Road and other district roundabouts
  • The Frimley Rose Garden improvements
  • The creation of a Register of Notable Trees in our region for their protection
  • Upgrade of John Holt Memorial Display House, Cornwall Park – a glasshouse overflowing with tender plants and beautiful blooms
  • Duart Historic House grounds’ redevelopment in Havelock North
  • Recognition of good design and celebrating successful projects through the Landmarks Awards
  • Supporting the hugely successful iWay network of trails for cycling and walking throughout the region, promoting safety, good health – and fun!

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