• Video: Hastings to mark 150th anniversary with weekend of events and hospitality.

Video: Hastings to mark 150th anniversary with weekend of events and hospitality.


Hastings is set to commemorate is 150th Anniversary this Saturday July 8th 2023.

The date marks the day in 1873 that Francis Hicks auctioned off 198 sections of his land, marking the birth of the new town of Hastings.

A series of events and promotions have been organised, starting Friday, to acknowledge the significant milestone.

Throughout the weekend, from Friday until Sunday selected local restaurants will be offering dining deals and drinks specials for $18.73, and there will be a lightshow projection of historic photographs running in the evenings from 5.30pm to 10.30pm on the exterior walls of Toitoi – Hawke’s Bay Arts and Events Centre.

Associated businesses can be found here: https://www.hastingsdc.govt.nz/150-years/150th-commemoration-whats-on/hastings-1873/

The free festivities kick off on Saturday, July 8, at 10am with an open day to visit Duart House, one of the region’s most iconic homesteads – built in 1882.

At 1pm, people are invited to an official tree planting and plaque reveal ceremony at Cornwall Park near the playground off Roberts St, when at the same time a capsule of letters written by local school students will be buried.

That evening, from 7pm to 9pm, the 150 th Commemoration Ballroom Dance will be held at the Assembly Ballroom at the Municipal Building, with live music by Mandy and Mood Swings.

On Sunday, July 9, a civic service will take place at St Matthew’s Anglican Church, and from 11am to 2pm the whole family can enjoy the Big 150 th Family Day Out at Civic Square where there will be live music, dance performances, face painting, giveaways, games, magic with the Great Wardini, storytelling including a live reading of “Pearl in Whirl” from author Catherine Robertson, the Wattie’s family zone, food trucks and more.

Full event details can be found via the following link: