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Hawke’s Bay Opera House Redevelopment Update – February 2019

Dame Malvina Major visits the Opera House; Thomas Oliver reflects on his earliest memories of ‘Our House’; preparations begin for the earthquake strengthening of the Municipal Building; and Daniel Betty shares a cup of tea with Zelda... Read more

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

Earthworks have begun on the Plaza rebuild, construction progress continues on the Opera House, and stakeholder engagement has been taking place in the Hastings CBD Mall. Read all about that and more in our HBOH December Newsletter... 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

From the Archives: First major renovations, 1988

This is the eighth 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: The Municipal Theatre as Ron Shakespeare saw it on TV – “drab and... Read more

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

The Plaza rebuild is close to starting, great progress is being made in the Hawke’s Bay Opera House reconstruction, and council has approved earthquake strengthening work in the Municipal Building.  Read all about this and more in our... Read more

From the Archives: Redman the Great

This is the seventh 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: Redman performing at the Hastings Municipal Theatre A long-running show at... 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

From the Archives: Fun Sessions with the Two Jacks

This is the sixth 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 Two Jacks: Jack W Jones and Jack Baxter During World War II, many New... 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