Media Release

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

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 Manager of Baycourt... 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

A new use for steel a re-purposing plus

The four steel trusses which held up the old canvas roof on the Opera House Plaza have come down and are being stored while a new use for them is investigated – perhaps as frames for shade sails in parks. The trusses, weighing about 10 tonnes... Read more

Plaza transformation underway

Work to transform the Plaza into an all-weather space suitable for all kinds of events started this week, with the removal of the etched glass panels along the front of the building. Each of the panels has been carefully lifted from its surround... Read more

Plaza upgrade about to start

Work on the Opera House will stop for the Christmas break today (December 21), with the crews back on site from January 8. Five months into the project, the work is on time and on budget, said Hastings District Council facilities and programmes... Read more

Opera House: New foundations poured

The next time lapse video of the work to earthquake strengthen the Opera House has been released, showing the last of the foundation preparations before this week’s big concrete pour. Twenty concrete trucks, each carrying five cubic metres of... Read more

Treasures emerge from Opera House walls

Little treasures have been turning up in the walls and under the floors of the 100-year-old Opera House, as it undergoes earthquake strengthening.  So far a boxing bout card number, coming attraction signs, old fuses, a cigarette tin and... Read more

Opera house: Foyer foundations next

The second time-lapse video of the earthquake strengthening work inside the Hawke’s Bay Opera House has been released this week.  The team working on the foyer has exposed all of the old foundation beams and put in the reinforcing for the... Read more

Bird’s eye view of opera house work

The first of monthly time-lapse videos of the Hawke’s Bay Opera House strengthening project has been uploaded to the opera house website.  Over the last six weeks the contractors have removed the exceptional art deco stained glass doors from... Read more