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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

Generating interest – Heritage New Zealand Magazine

The following is a reproduction of an article that appeared in Issue 149 of Heritage New Zealand Magazine (Winter, 2018). ... Read more

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

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. Read our August 2018 newsletter... Read more

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