About Growing Our Cultural Heart

In early 2014, the Hawke’s Bay Opera House was closed.

In early 2014, the Hawke’s Bay Opera House and the neighbouring Municipal Buildings were closed after multiple engineering inspections found the buildings to be a risk to life in the event of a sizeable earthquake.

Both buildings are listed as Category One by the Historic Places Trust, are noted as Category One in the Hastings District Plan, and under the New Zealand Historic Places Act 1993 are identified as potential archaeological sites.

Those findings, and the estimated cost to fix them, have led to a rethink of their uses and other central city projects on the drawing board – particularly plans to revamp Civic Square and invest in attracting a quality hotel to the central city.

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Over the last seven months of 2015, a council-appointed Independent Working Group looked at all the projects in totality and came up recommendations for council.

The recommendation is that Council first concentrates on deciding the future of the Opera House. Council put together a proposal based on that recommendation and over six weeks in February and March received submissions on that proposal. For the next steps, click HERE


We understand that the opera house is important to many people in the community, so we have made every endeavour to get as broad an input as possible from the public.


We understand that the opera house is important to many people in the community, so we have made every endeavour to get as broad an input as possible from the public.

Growing our cultural heart