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Opera House strategic plan confirmed as project closes in on milestone

Progress on the redevelopment of the Hawke’s Bay Opera House precinct is close to reaching a major milestone, at the same time as a strategic plan for the precinct and its place in the wider city centre strategy has been confirmed. After the... Read more

Hawke’s Bay Opera House: A place for new memories – Jess Soutar Barron, Bay Buzz Issue 46

  The following is a reproduction of Jess Soutar Barron’s article which appeared in Issue 46 of Bay Buzz magazine. You can read the article in full here. Earthquake strengthening shut the Hawke’s Bay Opera House and Arts... Read more

Historic items unearthed at Opera House

From left Scrapit HB owner Des Bristow, foreman Tim Knight and Hastings mayor Sandra Hazlehurst with the trowel that was found in a safe at the Opera House. Historic treasures hearkening back to the opening of the Hastings Municipal Theatre, and a... Read more

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