Announcements

New name revealed

New name and brand for Opera House arts and culture complex revealed Ahead of the Hawke’s Bay Opera House re-opening in February 2020, a name and brand for the overall arts and culture complex is being launched tonight. The new name for the... Read more

The roof is on – Plaza building taking shape

The steel roof is in place on the Plaza building that is set to be reopened early next year. With its steel roof in place and the concrete being poured for the floor, the Plaza building is fast taking shape ahead of opening early next year. The... Read more

Opera House team expands

Photo L-R: Glen Pickering, Coltan Wright, Daniel Betty, Rosie Dawson-Hewes The Hawke’s Bay Opera House Arts & Events Precinct is set to open at the end of February next year, and in preparation three new appointments have been made to the... Read more

Lottery Grants Board gives $4.75m for Municipal Building

Work to strengthen and develop the historic Municipal Building has been given a significant boost with the Lottery Grants Board announcing it will contribute $4.75 million towards the project. The sum is the result of successful applications by... Read more

Opera House strategic plan confirmed as project closes in on milestone

Progress on the redevelopment of the Hawke’s Bay Opera House precinct is close to reaching a major milestone, at the same time as a strategic plan for the precinct and its place in the wider city centre strategy has been confirmed. After the... Read more

Historic items unearthed at Opera House

From left Scrapit HB owner Des Bristow, foreman Tim Knight and Hastings mayor Sandra Hazlehurst with the trowel that was found in a safe at the Opera House. Historic treasures hearkening back to the opening of the Hastings Municipal Theatre, and... Read more

Earthworks begin on plaza rebuild

The diggers are in among other activity underway at the Plaza building as the first stage of its reconstruction begins. Photo: Work has begun on the construction of the all new Opera House Plaza. The Plaza rebuild is taking place alongside the... Read more

Fire won’t hamper Opera House development

Photo: Fire damage in the Opera House scene dock. Although the fire at the Hawke’s Bay Opera House on Sunday night caused some damage that will need cleaning up, the earthquake strengthening project will still be completed on time and on... Read more

Council approves Municipal Building earthquake strengthening

The Municipal Building is to undergo earthquake strengthening work following a recent council decision to approve the works at a cost of $8.8 million, as part of the process of redeveloping the wider arts precinct. In 2016, when the council held... Read more

Plaza rebuild close to starting

Exterior perspective of the new Hawke’s Bay Opera Plaza building. Image: Matthews & Matthews Architects Ltd Work on the construction of the new fully enclosed Plaza building is set to start before Christmas with the final design now... Read more