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150th Hastings anniversary celebrations continue

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This month the commemoration of Hastings city’s 150th birthday continues with a variety of events giving an insight on the history of our place. More info here.

Michael Fowler History talk

Sunday, Sept 10, 2-3pm

Westerman's Building, Corner Heretaunga Street East and Russell Street

As one of the first major buildings to be built after the 1931 earthquake, the iconic Westerman’s Building is a prime example of Spanish Mission design.  The premises was once the premier retail outlet in Hastings and is considered a much-loved landmark with its ornamental façade and beautiful decorative features.  The building is at the heart of Hastings CBD which developed at pace from the 1930’s onwards. 

No Cover Charge but there is a limited capacity of 100 people.

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Hastings Recollect – digitising 150 years of local history

Tuesday, Sept 12, 5.30pm

With Hastings Landmarks Trust and library historian Veronica Hogan, Hastings District Libraries is digitising historic community archives and making it easily accessible online.  Learn about ReCollect and how to use it, while we showcase 150 years of Hastings history.

Entry by gold coin donation.


Sept 15-25

The annual Photography Festival event, incorporating the theme of the 150th Commemoration of Hastings township - including national exhibitors, workshops and talks.

More info at

Michael Fowler History talk

Sunday, Sept 17, 10-11am

Cornwall Park Tea Kiosk, parking on Roberts Street, Hastings

A fascinating talk with Michael Fowler about the early years of Hastings from the sale of the first sections in 1873 (in Francis Hicks' 100 acre block), to the break-up of the larger Riverslea block from the late 1870s to form the earliest stages of modern Hastings.  Learn how the railway grew the town, but its location later became a hindrance.  Plus, learn what Francis Hicks thought when he visited Hastings in 1911 - for the first time since leaving in 1873.

No Cover Charge but there is a limited capacity of 50 people.

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Havelock North Function Centre 25th Birthday OPEN DAY

Sunday, Sept 17, 11am-3pm

Archival displays showing how Council and community worked together to create this wonderful community facility. A chance to reminisce over light refreshments and then to hear a talk by local historian Michael Fowler at 2pm. Keirunga Artists’ Exhibition will be open plus a display by the Havelock North Potters. At 5.30pm the Hawkes Bay Jazz Club’s monthly concert will take place.

1 September 2023

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