June 10, 1931. THE AUCKLAND WEEKLY NEWS. 41
IN NAPIER AND HASTINGS FOUR MONTHS AFTER THE DISASTROUS EARTHQUAKES WHICH WROUGHT SUCH HAVOC.
1. A panoramic view of Napier from a floodlit tower at the railway station. Bluff Hill appears on the left and at its base is the town’s former main business area destroyed by earthquakes followed by fire on February 3. Dickens Street is in the centre, while on the left of the street can be seen the temporary shopping centres in Clive and Memorial Squares.
2. A Hastings business man dictating to his stenographer in the open air.
3. Constructing the bell-tower at the new Nelson Park School.
4. Looking from the interior of a ruined building along Heretaunga Street, the main street of Hastings. On the right is Roach’s temporary shop. Several girl assistants lost their lives when the original building collapsed.
5. At a shop in the Clive Square temporary centre, Napier.
6. Demolishing an upper story wall of the Diocesan Offices at Napier. The ground floor, which is undamaged, is to be roofed to provide office accommodation.
7. With a damaged typewriter found among the ruins.
8. A letterbox still in use although charred by the fire and dented by falling debris.
9. A pretty glimpse of one of the walks at the shopping centre in Clive Square, Napier.
10. Ripe grapes at a Napier fruit stall. Hawke’s Bay is one of the Dominion’s largest fruit producing districts.
11. Another view of Heretaunga Street, Hastings.
12. Squaring old bricks for use in rebuilding chimneys.
13. Off to school at Taradale, a few miles from Napier.
– Staff Photographer