Historical

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. One way the Hastings Borough Council thought the theatre could pay for itself... 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. The first production for the opening of the Hastings Municipal Theatre on 12... 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. When it came to choosing an architect in 1914 to design the... Read more

Historic Hawke’s Bay: Makirikiri Creek by Michael Fowler

The earliest map of Hastings that I have seen dates from the early 1860s. It shows the boundaries of the Heretaunga Plains defined by the Ngaruroro River and Waitio Stream. Running within this boundary was a creek called Makirikiri – which in... 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

The Beginning

The significance of opening a theatre in 1915 in rural New Zealand must have been huge. At the end of World War 1 and with a population of around 7,000 the Mayor of the time, William Hart said “Hastings is passed by the leading theatrical... Read more