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Megan Peacock-Coyle on Standing Room Only

Hawke’s Bay Opera House & Arts Precinct Manager Megan Peacock-Coyle recently featured on Radio New Zealand’s Standing Room Only programme with host Lynne Freeman. Click the link below to hear what she had to say. ... 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

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

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

Great progress on top and within Hawke’s Bay Opera House

Great progress continues to be made on the Hawke’s Bay Opera House as captured by these three time-lapse videos installed within and on top of the ‘Old Dame’. In the first video below, we can see the preparation work and... Read more

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

The strengthening and refurbishment of the Hawke’s Bay Opera House is progressing to programme, with much of the key work on the ground floor now completed. Read our June 2018 newsletter ... Read more

A Diva in the CBD – Michal McKay, Bay Buzz Issue 41

The following is a reproduction of Michal McKay’s article which appeared in issue 41 of Bay Buzz magazine. You can read the article in full here.  Opera houses around the world are experiencing a resurgence. None more so than the... 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