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Community invited to get involved in Hastings’ 150th commemorations

Heretaunga Street 1958

Hastings turns 150 this year and the call is out for people who want to be involved in commemorating this special, historic anniversary.

The township of Hastings was founded in 1873, and Hastings District Council is currently planning the best way to celebrate the milestone in a way that will provide meaningful and uplifting opportunities to reflect and kōrero on our history, culture, people, and memorable moments in time.   

Mayor Sandra Hazlehurst said that while the history of our city and district extended far beyond 1873, it would be a chance to acknowledge and remember past events and people who had contributed to making Hastings district the unique, special place that it is today.

“This commemoration is particularly poignant in light of the recent devastating effects of Cyclone Gabrielle. 

“We can draw strength from reflecting on the challenges and significant events of our history, and how our community has pulled together in times of need.  Knowing that Hastings has overcome challenges in the past inspires us to know that we will recover now and build back better and stronger.” 

Local businesses, community groups, sports clubs, schools, and other organisations are invited to join in and take the opportunity to support the wellbeing and vibrancy of our community, and celebrate their part in our history.   

July 8 was the official date Francis Hicks auctioned off the sections in Hastings township in 1873, and the 150th commemoration will be officially recognised over the weekend of July 7-9 with fun, family activities.

Further 150th-themed community events and attractions will take place over the following months, culminating in the Blossom Festival on the weekend of September 22-24. 

Arts Inc Heretaunga’s Blossom Parade organiser Lyn Mackie said that this year’s parade would be themed “Our Hastings” so float entries can celebrate their connection to Hastings past or present.

The search is on for the former Hastings “Blossom Queens” in the hope that they will reunite as guests of honour for some of the commemoration events, including the Blossom Parade. They can get in touch with Hastings District Council at

Find out more about what’s on, how to volunteer, organising or supporting an event at or email project manager Emma Buttle

7 June 2023

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