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Fire won’t hamper Opera House development

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. After conducting their investigations, the Police... 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. During a live telecast in 1986 of the game show It’s in the Bag from the... 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. A long-running show at the Hawke’s Bay Opera House was performed by local... 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. During World War II, many New Zealand communities began fundraising for the war... Read more

Plaza rebuild close to starting

Work on the construction of the new fully enclosed Plaza building is set to start before Christmas with the final design now completed and all consents close to being granted. The Plaza was closed in December last year in preparation for the... Read more

From the Archives: 1931 Hawke’s Bay Earthquake

This is the fifth in a series of vignettes by local historian Michael Fowler, detailing events and characters that have shaped the Hawke’s Bay Opera House story. At first glance the Hastings Municipal Theatre appeared to have survived the... Read more

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