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Landmarks Trust Activities

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

  • Landscape
  • History
  • Architecture
  • Art in public places

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


Image of Roy's Hill Reserve. 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 parks, 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, e.g. flowering cherry and olive trees.
  • The maintenance and enhancement of historic and new parks and plantings, e.g. re-vamps of Flaxmere Park, the Havelock North Village Domain; the William Nelson Park near the CBD for skateboarders and families, complete with playground and a statue of William Nelson and his dog (opened in 2013).
  • The creation of ‘Pocket Parks’ in town, e.g. 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.
  • Historic Duart 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!


Image of Stoneycroft homestead. The preservation of our district’s history is the foundation of our future. Passionate historians among our members spearhead the drive to retain the diverse elements of our history.

  • History Talks - The Landmarks Trust History Talks feature guest speakers with a diverse and fascinating range of topics: people, places and events from within the wider Hastings district. The talks are held upstairs in the Hastings War Memorial Library every second Tuesday of each month (except in December and January).
  • Stoneycroft Homestead and Gardens - this historic homestead, built around 1875 and located on the corner of the Expressway and Omahu Road, was purchased by Council in 2005, beautifully restored (much by volunteers) and opened in 2012. It now houses the Hawke’s Bay Knowledge Bank and Digital Archives Trust, unique in New Zealand. The extensive grounds contain large protected trees, 50 flowering cherry trees planted to mark 50 years of Hastings attaining city status and fine restored gardens.
  • History and knowledge boards - throughout the region these graphic information boards add to the public appreciation of our heritage and sites of interest.
  • Winner: Supreme Art Deco Award 2010 recognising “10 years of work to preserve, enhance and promote the heritage of the Hastings District”.
  • Hastings CBD Heritage Inventory currently held by Council.

Landmarks History Talks

Held the second Tuesday of each month (except in December and January), in the Hastings War Memorial Library. Hear interesting stories of the Hastings District told by great Speakers. 5.30pm – 6.30pm. Gold coin entry.


Image of Assembly Hall. The Landmarks philosophy encourages the preservation of our architectural heritage and encourages the design of new buildings that raise the bar. Council is proactive in the promotion of this public face of our district while the Trust acts as an advocate for the Landmark’s philosophy.

  • The Facade Enhancement Scheme - administered by Council and championed by Landmarks, the scheme recognises heritage buildings in the Hastings District and works with building owners and tenants to upgrade the exterior of these buildings, including the use of appropriate colours schemes. Over 100 buildings within the Hastings city centre have been upgraded, making a huge visual difference to our city.
  • Recognition of good design and celebrating successful projects through the Landmarks Awards
  • The designation of Special Character Areas of Hastings and Havelock North worthy of protection
  • Public forums convened by the Landmarks Trust held to discuss what works in our district and providing solutions for what doesn’t. Results are forwarded to Council and relevant bodies
  • Hastings CBD Architectural Heritage Design Guide published in graphic format to inspire the preservation and enhancement of heritage buildings. There is also a CBD Sign Guide for commercial signage on buildings

Art in public places

Image of Art in Public places. Art adds that “special factor” to our district, reflecting who we are and uplifting the spirit. Using outstanding local (mostly) artists to guide and create new work, the Landmarks Trust, along  with Council, has overseen a wide range of works to inspire and admire in our public places.

Everywhere you look in the district there's art: from David Trubridge's ‘Leaf Lights’ to Neil Dawson's ‘Suntrap’ to mana whenua carvings.

Council funds, grants and donations have afforded these works. The artistic community in the Hastings district is talented and diverse, recognised both nationally and internationally – or just ‘locals’ expressing their love of the place.

Through-out the Hastings CBD, Havelock North Village and selected sites (e.g. Karamu High School and William Nelson Park) there are stunning sculptures, statues, murals and architectural works (e.g. street lights and water features). These are now an integral part of any redevelopment plan within the district – the icing on the cake.

  • Nga pou o Heretaunga in Civic Square, Hastings – an awe-inspiring collection of 18 large, locally-carved pou (totems), completed in 2013, to represent the 18 local iwi and each facing toward the location of the home marae. A must-visit!
  • Gateways – a sense-of-arrival is announced at designated gateways / entries to our district through the installation of artistic works, each pertinent to its named location
  • School murals programmes have enlivened campuses and fostered creativity in our young people
  • Recognition of good design and celebrating successful projects through the Landmarks Awards

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