Announcements

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 a... 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 budget... 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

Big plans for Municipal Buildings

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. The design will go out for public consultation next month. In 2016, when Council held a full... Read more

Hawke’s Bay Opera House manager appointed

Megan Peacock Coyle A familiar face to the local arts scene has been appointed to the role of Hawke’s Bay Opera House and Arts Precinct Manager – Megan Peacock Coyle. Ms Peacock Coyle was born and raised in Hawke’s Bay and is currently... Read more

Steel hefted into place

There has been some very heavy lifting at the Opera House over the last few weeks, with the last of the steel roof struts due to be in place by the end of this month. An estimated 80 tonnes of steel was required for the new roof. The largest single... Read more