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From the Archives: 1931 Hawke’s Bay Earthquake

This is the fifth in a series of vignettes by local historian Michael Fowler, detailing events and characters that have shaped the Hawke’s Bay Opera House story. Repairs being made to the Hastings Municipal Theatre in 1931 At first glance... Read more

From the Archives: Moving Pictures

This is the fourth in a series of vignettes by local historian Michael Fowler, detailing events and characters that have shaped the Hawke’s Bay Opera House story. Photo: Film promotion of Sheik c 1920 One way the Hastings Borough Council... Read more

From the Archives: The Design of the Hastings Municipal Theatre

This is the third in a series of vignettes by local historian Michael Fowler, detailing events and characters that have shaped the Hawke’s Bay Opera House story. Henry Eli White was, in the 1910s, well on the way to becoming... Read more

From the Archives: The First Production – San Toy (1915)

This is the second in a series of vignettes by local historian Michael Fowler, detailing events and characters that have shaped the Hawke’s Bay Opera House story. Publicity photo from the Hastings Amateur Operatic Society’s production... Read more

From the Archives: Architect Henry Eli White (1876-1952)

This is the first in a series of vignettes by local historian Michael Fowler, detailing events and characters that have shaped the Hawke’s Bay Opera House story. Architect Henry Eli White When it came to choosing an... Read more

Generating interest – Heritage New Zealand Magazine

The following is a reproduction of an article that appeared in Issue 149 of Heritage New Zealand Magazine (Winter, 2018). ... Read more

Hawke’s Bay Opera House & Arts Precinct – Redevelopment Update August 2018

Light and space, with a focus on the performing arts in their broadest form, are at the heart of a proposal for the redesign of the Municipal Buildings. Read our August 2018 newsletter... Read more

Megan Peacock-Coyle on Standing Room Only

Hawke’s Bay Opera House & Arts Precinct Manager Megan Peacock-Coyle recently featured on Radio New Zealand’s Standing Room Only programme with host Lynne Freeman. Click the link below to hear what she had to say. ... Read more

Historic Hawke’s Bay: Makirikiri Creek by Michael Fowler

The only visible part of the Makirikiri creek today in Hastings is where it surfaces at Windsor Park. Credit: Hastings District Council The earliest map of Hastings that I have seen dates from the early 1860s. It shows the boundaries of the... Read more

Hawke’s Bay Opera House Auditorium

In 2004 Tina-Rae Carter was asked by architect Roger Shand to assist in enhancing the internal decorative features of the Hawke’s Bay Opera House auditorium. Tina had to come up with the auditorium design that would connect the old theatre with... Read more