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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

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. Repairs being made to the Hastings Municipal Theatre in 1931 At first glance... 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. Photo: Film promotion of Sheik c 1920 One way the Hastings Borough Council... 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. Publicity photo from the Hastings Amateur Operatic Society’s production... 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. Architect Henry Eli White When it came to choosing an... 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