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Hastings is coming Alive! Since 2019 we have been carrying out a series of upgrades to our streets, footpaths, public spaces and laneways – all designed to bring life, fun and vibrancy to our beautiful city centre.

With the support of our inner city property owners, we are investing in making the heart of our city the go-to place for shopping, entertainment, the arts, hosting visitors, relaxing, eating and doing business.

With a growing schedule of art and entertainment installations and events, and a burgeoning retail and hospitality sector, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

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July update - what's new and happening in the city centre in coming weeks

July update - what's new and happening in the city centre in coming weeks

There's a lot happening in the city centre over the coming months as the street upgrades continue, and the busy Spr...

14 July 2021

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Hastings District Council launches lightbox photo competition

Hastings District Council launches lightbox photo competition

Hastings’ city centre will soon come alive with large-scale photos taken by local residents, thanks to a competit...

28 May 2021

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 Innovating Streets work aims to create sanctuary in inner Hastings

Innovating Streets work aims to create sanctuary in inner Hastings

The transformation of Heretaunga St East is about to enter a new phase, with work starting on more enhancements to ...

5 May 2021

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Special opening event for revamped Landmarks Square

Special opening event for revamped Landmarks Square

Close to 50 people gathered at Landmarks Square last Friday night to celebrate the recently completed upgrade of th...

17 March 2021

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Jazz duo playing at Landmarks Square re-opening

Jazz duo playing at Landmarks Square re-opening

Wil Sargisson and Margot Pierard, the woman with a “velvet voice as smooth as latte”, will be the first to grac...

10 March 2021

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Site works begin on Quest Hastings city hotel build

Site works begin on Quest Hastings city hotel build

Work has begun this month on the new Quest Apartment Hotel being built in Hastings, the culmination of a long-stand...

22 December 2020

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Let there be light in Civic Square

Let there be light in Civic Square

Another lighting installation is coming to brighten up Civic Square, sure to inspire and delight visitors to Hastin...

7 August 2020

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Outdoor dining areas on track for summer socialising

Outdoor dining areas on track for summer socialising

This summer, the east side of Hastings is set to become a popular outdoor socialising space as work to develop the ...

31 July 2020

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Hastings District Council adopts Arts, Culture and Events Recovery Plan

Hastings District Council adopts Arts, Culture and Events Recovery Plan

Arts and culture open days, free performances, lighting installations, art tours and more are on the Hastings event...

17 July 2020

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 Funding for Hastings inner city street development

Funding for Hastings inner city street development

Hastings’ Eastside Eat Street project has received a funding boost that will further enhance one of the city’s ...

22 June 2020

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City centre revitalisation continues with Karamū Road North upgrade

City centre revitalisation continues with Karamū Road North upgrade

The enhancement of Hastings’ city centre continues next week with work scheduled to begin on the Karamū Road Nor...

21 February 2020

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Last installations for summer will light up city centre

Last installations for summer will light up city centre

To see out the last of summer, Hastings District Council has two more exciting, large-scale lighting and sound inst...

20 February 2020

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New giant lighting installation coming to Hastings city centre

New giant lighting installation coming to Hastings city centre

Another spectacular lighting installation is coming to Hastings this week, but wait there’s more…this display h...

11 February 2020

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All welcome to Cornwall Park playground

All welcome to Cornwall Park playground

The finishing touches are being applied and preparations are afoot to celebrate the opening of the revamped Cornwal...

13 December 2019

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Hastings Alive November 2019 Update

Hastings Alive November 2019 Update

There is a lot happening in the Hastings City centre. Read all about in our latest newsletter update.

27 November 2019

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Large light sculptures to pop up in Hastings city

Large light sculptures to pop up in Hastings city

Hastings City centre will light up in the lead up to Christmas this year, with two temporary, spectacular, large-sc...

22 November 2019

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District plan variation paves way for inner city living

District plan variation paves way for inner city living

Another step has been made towards creating more vibrancy in the Hastings city centre with changes now made to the ...

8 August 2019

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New city centre hotel will stimulate growth and extra vibrancy

New city centre hotel will stimulate growth and extra vibrancy

A new 35-room apartment-style hotel is to be built in the Hastings city centre in a vacant building behind the Hawk...

24 May 2019

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Blessing held for church garden development

Blessing held for church garden development

In May 2018, the St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church submitted to the Hastings District Council Annual Plan, seeking ...

17 April 2019

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 New Queen St proposal part of city vibrancy initiative

New Queen St proposal part of city vibrancy initiative

A block of land on Queen St West will be turned into an off-street carpark and covered walkway providing greater co...

25 March 2019

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Hastings’ city centre revitalisation underway

Hastings’ city centre revitalisation underway

The enhancement of Hastings’ city centre is officially underway with the adoption of a public spaces revitalisati...

1 March 2019

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