Hastings City 50 Year Celebrations Events Programme September 2006

Hastings City

50 Year Celebrations

See inside for full events coverage

Blossom Festival Parade   pg 5
Transport through the ages   pg 11
Johnny Devlin Concert   pg 12
RNZAF Open Day   pg 14


Events Programme September 2006

Hawke’s Bay


Hastings City 50 year Celebration

A message from the Deputy Mayor

This month the Hastings community commemorates its major milestone since European settlement on the Plains began 150 years ago, the proclamation of city status on 8 September 1956.

The 1950s were good times for Hastings. The pastoral industry was booming, orcharding developing, and Watties was capitalising on the growing demand for convenience foods. The newest city in Hawke’s Bay and the Fruitbowl of New Zealand flourished.

Good times continued through the next two decades. Then the economics of the wool industry followed by the meat industry, in which Hastings had such a stake, started to falter. The economy of Hastings contracted and tough times resulted. But with faith in the future, the industry of its citizens and with strong and innovative civic and commercial leadership, the fortunes of Hastings have been truly restored.

This month as we celebrate our history we can look to the future of Hastings, with all its challenges, with confidence, and a resolve to continue the work and vision of our forebears.

On behalf of the organising committee I am proud to present this programme of events and I invite you to join us in celebrating the past, present and future of Hastings.

Cynthia Bowers
Deputy Mayor and Chair of Organising Committee

Introduction   pg 02
History of Hastings   pg 03
Blossom Festival (programme)   pg 04
Hastings City Spanish Mission   pg 06
Transport through the ages   pg 11
Johnny Devlin   pg 12
Golden Queens & Silver Tureens   pg 13
RNZAF   pg 14
EIT Design   pg 15

Committee Members

The Hastings 50 Years a City Committee 2005/6

Cynthia Bowers (Chair)
Dinah Williams
Richard Jones
Norm Speers
Kevin Watkins
Lily Baker
Derek Burns
Suzy Melhuish
Sally Jackson


The Shows!

Arohaotearoa/Love New Zealand
Tue 19, Wed 20, Thu 21 Sept.
A delightfully funny look at New Zealand from the 1960s onwards. Vauxhalls, neenish tarts, Peter Plumley Walker, petrol bowsers!   $30

Falling In Love Again
Frid 22 Sep. One night only.
Jennifer Ward-Lealand in a stunning portrayal of Marlene Dietrich. High class theatre.   $30

Johnny Devlin
Sat 16 Sep
NZ’s first rock ‘n’ roll hero returns.   $35

Blossom Carnival
Friday 15-Sunday 17 in the centre of town
Ride the Screamer and the Hurricane if you dare! Sideshows, food stalls. All the fun of the fair.

A Mozart Celebration
Sun 17 Sep
Join Collen Rae-Gerrard, Yuri Gezentsvey and Eileen von Dadelszen in a celebration of Mozart’s music.

The Proms
Sun 24 Sep
John Fletcher, William Winitana, Paul Waring

The Hastings Citizen’s Band. Book: Denton Wyatt.

Festive Fifties
Sun 17 Sep
Hawke’s Bay Orchestra in a delightful salute to the 50s and to spring. Book: Opera House

Hawke’s Bay Secondary Schools Tu Tangata Competitions 2006
Fri 15 Sep
Fast paced action from our leading young Maori performers. Door sales only.

Show bookings (except for The Proms, Festive Fifties and Tu Tangata Comp.) at Ticketek
Phone 06 878 3173
or online at http://[www].ticketek.co.nz/
Full festival programme at http://[www].blossomfestival.co.nz/
Phone 06 878 9447

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Hawke’s Bay Cultural Trust

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Hastings City 50 year Celebration

History of Hastings

Celebrating a City – September 1956

Text kindly taken from Matthew Wrights’ book – Town and Country, “The History of Hastings and District,” Published by Hastings District Council 2001

On Saturday 8th September 1956, Hastings’ official elevation to city status began. Events began at 11.45am with a ‘transport throughout the ages’ parade down Heretaunga Street, followed by massed bands and marching team. At 1.30pm. the Governor-General Sir Willoughby Norrie arrived at Nelson Park and after welcomes, the Mayor of Hastings H E Bates read his speech concluding with the following words:

“It remains for us all, of this generation to enter into this grand inheritance with a proper sense of responsibility to our city and district. None of us lives alone. Each of us influences our day for good or ill. All of us can spare some time to advance the welfare of our community. Thus we go forward from this day enjoying a new status, with more advantages than those enjoyed by our earlier settlers and administrators and moreover inspired by their example to build a still bigger and better city in which our children will grow up happy, prosperous and proud of what we shall have accomplished.”

At 3.40pm the Proclamation was read by the Governor General and there was a flyover by four De Havilland DH100 Vampires.

Other Events followed during the week including a Children’s Day, featuring an open-air skating carnival at Windsor Park; an ‘Old Identities Day’; a production of ‘Rose Marie’ by the Hastings Musical Comedy Club and performances by the Hastings Citizens Band, Salvation Army Band and Hastings Scots Highland Pipe Band. Saturday September 15th was the Blossom Parade

Hastings Central Library

Hastings Central Library will be going all out to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hastings as a city. The decor inside the library will reflect the colours of the official Hastings 50th Logo and the style and atmosphere of the fifties period. The displays around the library will focus on the literature, movies and musicians of this period with some great bookmarks to match them.

The history of Hastings as a community and as a city will also be represented, with some photos to match the information. The public will be invited to take part in a written quiz competition based on the displays. Fifties music will be played from time to time in the background and a group of Hastings Girls High students called “Oh My Gosh” will perform a slot of singing at 3.45 pm on Monday 11th September.

A special viewing corner will be dedicated to showing DVD recorded excerpts from the TV hit programmes “Get Smart” and “Happy Days” as well as a locally produced video of the Blossom Parades over the years.



Hastings City Celebrates its history and looks forward to its future. Hastings City is the ideal place to shop and do business. With one of the longest and most attractive boulevards in the country our central city is the ultimate shopper’s paradise! Hastings City has a superb blend of historic Spanish Mission architecture, and wonderful street art and sculpture adorning the expansive piazzas. There’s always something to do in Hastings.


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For more information on what is happening in Hastings City visit http://[www].hastingscity.co.nz

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Hastings City 50 year Celebration

Hastings Blossom Festival September 15-24 Parade day, September 16.

The Hastings Blossom Festival has been part of the history of Hastings from the early 1950s. An enthusiastic group of citizens known as Greater Hastings were behind its beginnings and the festival soon became nationally known. The festival celebrates the arrival of spring, a season that is tremendously important to a region that relies on growing things for much of its wealth.

Pastoral, horticultural and viticultural industries are central to the Hastings District and they all rely on a good start to the growing season.

When the blossoms start arriving we know that the end of winter is in sight. The festival helps us all to mark the change of season and the beginnings of another productive cycle.

The spring festival went into recess in 1973 but it was revived again in 1988. The parade waited until 1993 to make an appearance and when it did thousands turned out to see it. Hastings had not forgotten its Blossom Parade.

The festival is now a ten day entertainment feast. It was recognised this year, by being awarded the Creative New Zealand’s cultural festival and events award. It has become once again very much part of our region’s life.

The Blossom Queens Return

To help celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hastings becoming a city, we have tracked down eight of the former Blossom Queens. They will take part in the parade in classic cars of their era.

Blossom Carnival

In the early days of the festival, the carnival rides were very much part of the celebration. They came back again for the first time last year and in 2006 they are here for the whole of the Parade Weekend. The whole fairground atmosphere is lots of fun. The sideshows offer you all sorts of activities,from popping the ball in the mouth of the clown to knocking over tin teeth with a slug gun. The Screamer and the Hurricane are very popular rides for the thrill seekers and there are also small rides for the little kids. The carnival starts on Friday evening and runs all through Saturday until 10.30pm at night and again on Sunday until 4pm.

Free Lunchtime Concerts

Every weekday, starting on Friday 15 September, there will be free lunchtime concerts at St Matthews. The concerts run from 12.10pm until 1pm. They feature some of our best young secondary school musicians. including students from Hastings Girls High, Iona College, Karamu High School and Woodford House. There are also two organ recitals, from Stephen Rowley and Gary Bowler. The concerts are free, but donations are invited for Cranford Hospice.

Free Festival Fireworks

A giant free fireworks show is a highlight of the final weekend of the festival. The evening starts at 7pm with music from local band, Borderline, and the fireworks hurtle into the sky at 8.30pm. This year we are going to have a special fireworks salute to the 50th anniversary so look out for something special. There are food stalls or you can bring a picnic. A fantastic family event.

The Hastings Blossom Parade is proud to be part of Hastings’ history and we look forward to being part of its future.

This is an exciting evening as some of the best young performers of traditional and contemporary Maori performing arts compete for the top titles. There are 14 teams each performing 14 minutes and the pace is hot from the start.

Hawke’s Bay Opera House. 15 September. Starts at 6pm.

Flowers In Praise

Exquisite floral artistry by both professional florist and skilled amateur florists. This has grown into a wonderful annual event that is very popular. Each year it is shown at a different church. This year, St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Hastings is the host and the works are created by members of a wide range of churches.

The Hastings Blossom is proud to be part of Hastings’ history and we look forward to being part of its future.

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Thomson’s Suits would like to congratulate Hastings on this auspicious occasion in reaching 50 years as a city.
Thomson’s Suits – Where men and women of distinction shop.
Photo captions –
The staff at Thomson’s Suits 1957
Mick Thomson, 1st Generation 1957
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Hastings City 50 year Celebration

Hastings Blossom Festival September 15-24 Parade day, September 16.

This is a great day in the centre of Hastings.

The Blossom Carnival and the stalls at the Blossom market are in full swing from 10am. There’s entertainment on the City Stage and at 1.30pm the Blossom Parade starts to make its way through the city.

City Stage Programme
10.55am   Welcome
11am   Tanoa Dance Troupe
11.20am   Swish Kids Basketball Routine
11.30am   Born To Move Dancers
12pm   Batucada Brazillian [Brazilian] Dancers
12.45pm   Karate Demonstration
1pm   Band – So To Speak
1.30pm   Break for the Parade. Background music
2.45pm   Band – So To Speak
3.15pm   Parade Prizegiving
3.30pm   Band – So To Speak

Parade Route and Road Closures

The map shows the parade route. There will be road closures as marked on the map. The parade route will be closed from 1pm. if you have a vehicle inside the perimeter we would appreciate you waiting until the parade is over. If you have to get out, please drive very carefully towards the route and follow the instructions of the parade marshals.

Seats for those with limited mobility

If you need a seat to watch the parade from, there is an area on the corner of Market Street North and Queen Street that has been set aside for this purpose. If you would like to book a seat, contact Lyn Mackie at the Hastings Community Arts Centre. Phone 878 9447 between 9.30am and 4.00pm during weekdays.
Vehicles wishing to drop off people with limited mobility should also contact Lyn Mackie.

Falling In Love Again

Leading New Zealand actress, Jennifer Ward-Lealand, turns in a stunning performance as Marlene Dietrich. Highlights of her screen, stage and recording careers are given life again in this high class show which features great accompaniment from Grant Winterburn on piano and Aaron Coddell on bass, wonderful lighting from Andrew Malmo and gorgeous recreated costumes from Dietrich’s wardrobe.
Playhouse Theatre, Hastings, 22 September. $30

Arohaotearoa/Love New Zealand

Rummaging through second hand shops the writers of this show found a collection of classic New Zealand slides. Scenes of bashful blokes in front of their gleaming cars and smartly frocked women exhibiting a plate, spoke of the everyday lives of people in our country. Kip Chapman and co-writer Paul Rothwell have taken this material and turned it into a love-song for New Zealand as it was. From aviatrix, Jean Batten, being told by the mayor of Auckland that she should be spanked for making us all worried to the Franklin’s Districts “Most Beautiful Family Competition” in 1993 we see the often funny side of our nation.
The audience, in good Kiwi style, is invited to bring a plate and we all share supper at the end of the show. Definitely a classic slice of theatre and so appropriate, as we celebrate Hastings becoming a city back in 1956.
Playhouse Theatre, Hastings, 19-21 September. $30. $28 with a plate. Book at Ticketek.

Johnny Devlin

The original New Zealand king of rock ‘n’ roll is back. Johnny Devlin shot to the top of the charts with Lawdy Miss Clawdy and his 1958 tour of New Zealand smashed all attendance record [records]. The crowds went wild in scenes not to be seen again until the Beatles toured here. Johnny was hot and now he’s back from Australia to help celebrate Hastings’ 50th anniversary. And if you feel like getting up and strutting your stuff, there’s a dance floor.
Saddles Room, Hawke’s Bay Racing Centre, Hastings. $35. Book at Ticketek.

A Mozart Celebration

It’s the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth and this concert celebrates his music. Colleen Rae-Gerrard plays a piano that is a replica of the piano Mozart used and she is accompanied by Yuri Gezentsvey who plays first violin for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Also featured in this concert is soprano Eileen von Dadelszen. Let these musicians take you back to the times and the music of one of the world’s great composers.
St Matthews, Hastings starting at 7pm on Sunday September 17. $20 adult, $15 senior citizens and students. Book at Ticketek.

Festive Fifties with the Hawke’s Bay Orchestra

Under the baton of Greg Squire, the orchestra swings into “My Fair Lady”, which premiered in the same year that Hastings became a city. As a celebration of Spring, what could be more appropriate than Tchaikovsky’s “Waltz of the Flowers”? And in honour of Mozart‘s birth, the programme features his Bassoon Concerto featuring soloist Robert Weeks.
Hawke’s Bay Opera House, Hastings, Sunday 17 September starting at 4pm. Book at the Hawke’s Bay Opera House or Ticket Direct.

Ngati Kahungunu Kura Tuarua
“Tu Tangata” Whakataetae 2006

Hawke’s Bay Secondary Schools “Tu Tangata” Competitions 2006. This is an exciting evening as some of the best young performers of traditional and contemporary Maori performing arts compete for the top titles. There are 14 teams each performing 14 minutes and the pace is hot from the start.
Hawke’s Bay Opera House, 15 September. Starts at 6pm. Door sales.

The Proms

Featuring John Fletcher and William Winitana with MC Paul Waring and the Hastings Citizen’s Band. An afternoon of wonderful music with two very special singers plus all the fun of the Proms. There will be plenty of favourites for you to sing along with.
Hawke’s Bay Opera House, 24 September. Starts at 2pm. $10 per person. $30 for family of 4. Tickets from Denton Wyatt.

Start time 1.30pm


Parade setup area closed from 8.00am.
Route closed from 1.00



Hastings City 50 year Celebration

Hastings City Spanish Mission

Hastings’ Spanish Mission architecture was largely overlooked until the 1980s. Anyone interested in architecture would have cast a cordial eye over the wonderful Westermans Building, and possibly noted that all the other buildings in that block of Russell Street were complimentary to it. And they would probably have been impressed by the Municipal Theatre (now the Opera House), but might have been more impressed by its extraordinary Art Nouveau interior than its Spanish Mission exterior. But it was not until Napier had started talking about its Art Deco buildings that Hastings began to realise that it too had a rich and unique heritage townscape, although ironically, Napier has more Spanish Mission buildings than Hastings and Hastings probably has more Art Deco than Napier. But Napier’s finest buildings are Art Deco, and Hastings’ finest are Spanish Mission.

But the other 20th century styles in Hastings – Edwardian, Art Deco and Stripped Classical – make a huge contribution to this townscape. Most of the 1930s buildings were designed either by the firm of Davies & Phillips in variations of the Art Deco style, but in a manner quite different from Napier’s buildings.

The book Spanish Mission Hastings – Style of Five Decades was published in 1991 as a companion volume to Art Deco Napier – Style of the Thirties, which had been released in 1989. Both books are by Peter Shaw, with photographs by Peter Hallett. The text is comprehensive, exploring the architectural history of Hastings from its earliest days, with many black & white photographs, many of them of buildings which are no longer with us. The colour section illustrates buildings as we know them today, with two exceptions being buildings that have been altered and don’t look quite as good as they looked in 1991.

The new book contains many new photographs, some of them of buildings which were not included in the first book, while some other buildings which are not normally visible to the public have been omitted. However, the book still includes a number of the fine country homesteads in the Hastings District. The photos that are reused have been rescanned, using today’s scanning technology, bringing their quality up to the equal of the new digital photos.

Photo captions –
Greenhill, the Lodge (1900) at Raukawa, designed by George Sollit.
The Te Aute Hotel at Te Aute (1936), designed by Albert Groome]

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Hastings – 50 years a City/Blossom Festival Programme 2006

Hastings City Marketing is excited and pleased to be involved in putting together the celebrations for Hastings – 50 Years a City, and to be working alongside The Hastings Blossom Festival in promoting their events.

It is Fifty years ago this September that Hastings received its’ City status, and this anniversary is a really important one for Hastings City. It gives us all a chance to look back at the last fifty years, and look forward to the future. It is a golden opportunity to celebrate living in our vibrant city and to appreciate all the things it has to offer.

The event calendar is packed with both festivals, and over 40 events are planned for 1st-24th September. All the events happen in and around the Hastings City Centre. The theme for all the celebrations is the ‘fifties’ and everyone is encouraged to raid their wardrobes and look-out their fifties outfits to wear.

We would like to thank all the sponsors who have got behind these celebrations, for their support. Without them, these events would not happen. We would also like to thank the Events Committee and the team at Hastings City Marketing who have worked so hard at putting ideas into action.

I hope that everyone gets to enjoy the events on offer and that September is warm, sunny and lots of fun for everyone.

Suzy Melhuish Events
Manager, Hastings City Marketing.


Fri Sept 1   Golden Queens & Silver Tureens. Exhibition HB Exhibition Centre 10am-4pm
Sat Sept 2   Spanish Mission Walks Hastings i-Site Visitor Centre 11am-12pm
Moments In Time Exhibition Sacred Heart Church 10am-3pm
Golden Queens & Silver Tureens. Exhibition HB Exhibition Centre 10am-4pm
Mon Sept 4   Free Lunchtime Concert City Centre Stage 11.30-1.30pm
Golden Queens & Silver Tureens. Exhibition HB Exhibition Centre 10am-4pm
Tues Sept 5   Free Lunchtime Concert City Centre Stage 11.30-1.30pm
Golden Queens & Silver Tureens. Exhibition HB Exhibition Centre 10am-4pm
Hastings – 50 Years Then and Now Exhibition. Hastings Community Arts Centre 9.30am-4pm
Thurs Sept 7   Free Lunchtime Concert City Centre: Stage 11.30-1.30pm
Golden Queens & Silver Tureens. Exhibition HB Exhibition Centre 10am-4pm
Hastings – 50 Years Then and Now Exhibition. Hastings Community Arts Centre 9.30am-4pm
Fri Sept 8   Golden Queens & Silver Tureens. Exhibition HB Exhibition Centre 10am-4pm
Hastings – 50 Years Then and Now Exhibition. Hastings Community Arts Centre 9.30am-4pm


Fri Sept 8   Waimarama School Kapa Haka Group 11.15
Transport Through The Ages Parade Hastings City Centre 12.30-1pm
Singing by Sounds of Hawke’s Bay Chorus @ City Centre Stage 12.00-1pm
Speeches/Ceremonial Cake Cutting by the City of Hastings Mayor Lawrence Yule 1.00pm-1.30pm
RNZAF Flyover of City Centre l.30pm (approx.)
Music by Rock ‘n’ Roll band Borderline 1.30pm-2.30pm
Farmlands Formal Fifties Dinner and Dance Saddles Room 6.30pm
Sat Sept 9   Giorgi Netball Tournament Sylvan Road Courts Starts @ 9.00am
Hastings – 50 Years Then and Now Exhibition. Hastings Community Arts Centre 10am-2pm
Golden Queens & Silver Tureens. Exhibition HB Exhibition Centre 10am-4pm
RNZAF Tented Camp Open-Day Bridge Pa Aerodrome 10.30am-3.00pm
Spanish Mission Walks Hastings i-Site Visitor Centre 11.00am-12pm
Informal Friends, Fifties & Photos Devonshire Tea HB Opera House Foyer 2.00pm-4.00pm
Sun Sept 10   Golden Queens & Silver Tureens. Exhibition HB Exhibition Centre 10am-4pm
Hastings – 50 Years Then and Now Exhibition. Hastings Community Am Centre 9.30am – 4pm
Fifties Family Fun & Tabloid Sports Day Cornwall Park 11.30-3.30pm
Mon Sept 11   Golden Queens & Silver Tureens. Exhibition HB Exhibition Centre 10am-4pm
Hastings – 50 Years Then and Now Exhibition, Hastings Community Arts Centre 9.30am-4pm
Tues Sept 12   Golden Queens & Silver Tureens. Exhibition HB Exhibition Centre 10am-4pm
Hastings – 50 Years Then and Now Exhibition, Hastings Community Arts Centre 9.30am-4pm
Tea and Talk Hastings Central Library 2.00pm
Wed Sept 13   Golden Queens & Silver Tureens. Exhibition HB Exhibition Centre 10am-4pm
Hastings – 50 Years Then and Now Exhibition, Hastings Community Arts Centre 9.30am-4pm
Flashbacks to the Fifties Fiction Talk Hastings Central Library 3.30pm
Thurs Sept 14   Golden Queens & Silver Tureens. Exhibition HB Exhibition Centre 10am-4pm
Hastings – 50 Years Then and Now Exhibition, Hastings Community Arts Centre 9.30am-4pm
Choralaires “in concert” Sacred Heart Church, Heretaunga Street 2pm
Fifties Fun for Children Hastings Central Library 3.30pm

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Hastings City 50 year Celebration

Hastings – 50 years a City/Blossom Festival Programme 2006

Fri Sept 15   Golden Queens & Silver Tureens. Exhibition HB Exhibition Centre 10am-4pm
Hastings – 50 Years Then and Now Exhibition, Hastings Community Centre 9.30am-4pm Free Lunchtime Concert City Centre Stage 1-2pm
Blossom Carnival – Farmers Carpark 5pm-10.30pm
Ngati Kahungunu Super 14, HB Opera House 7pm
AMI Insurance Drive-In Movie Splash Planet 7.30pm
Sat Sept 16    Golden Queens & Silver Tureens, Exhibition HB Exhibition Centre 10am-4pm
Hastings – 50 Years Then and Now Exhibition, Hastings Community Arts Centre 10am-2pm Blossom Festival Parade Hastings City Centre 10.00am
Blossom Carnival – Farmers Carpark 10am-10.30pm
Hastings Blossom Parade – Hastings City Centre starts @ 1.30pm
Johnny Devlin Concert Saddles Room 8.00pm, doors 7.30pm
Sun Sept 17   Golden Queens & Silver Tureens. Exhibition HB Exhibition Centre 10am-4pm
Blossom Carnival – Farmers Car park 10am-4pm
Hawke’s Bay Orchestra Festive Fifties HB Opera House 4.00pm
Colleen Rae-Gerrard, St. Matthew’s 7pm
Mon Sept 18   Golden Queens & Silver Tureens. Exhibition HB Exhibition Centre 10am-4pm
Hastings – 50 Years Then and Now Exhibition, Hastings Community Art Centre 9.30am-4pm
Stephen Rowley Organ Concert St. Matthew’s 12.20pm-1pm
Free Lunchtime Concert City Centre Stage 1-2pm
Debate on Hastings Now and before, Lindisfarne College 7.30pm
Tues Sept 19   Golden Queens & Silver Tureens. Exhibition HB Exhibition Centre 10am-4pm
Hastings – 50 Years Then and Now Exhibition, Hastings Community Arts Centre 9.30pm-4pm
Free Lunchtime Concert City Centre Stage 1-2pm
Arohaotearoa. Playhouse Theatre 8pm
Wed Sept 20   Golden Queens & Silver Tureens. Exhibition HB Exhibition Centre 10am-4pm
Hastings – 50 Years Then and Now Exhibition. Hastings Community Arts Centre 9.30pm-4pm
Hastings Girls’ High concert St. Matthew’s 12.20pm-1 pm
Free Lunchtime Concert City Centre Stage 1-2pm
Arohaotearoa, Playhouse Theatre 8pm
Thurs Sept 21   Golden Queens & Silver Tureens. Exhibition HB Exhibition Centre 10am-4pm
Hastings – 50 Years Then and Now Exhibition, Hastings Community Arts Centre 9.30pm-4pm
Karamu High concert St. Matthew’s 12.20pm-1 pm
Free Lunchtime Concert City Centre Stage 1-2pm
Spanish Mission Hastings Book Launch Hastings Central Library 5.30pm
Arohaotearoa, Playhouse Theatre 8pm
Fri Sept 22   Golden Queens & Silver Tureens. Exhibition HB Exhibition Centre 10am-4pm
Hastings – 50 Years Then and Now Exhibition, Hastings Community Arts Centre 9.30pm-4pm
Gary Bowler Organ concert St. Matthew’s 12.20pm-1 pm
Free Lunchtime Concert City Centre Stage 1-2pm
2006 Floral Designer of the Year Competition Lindisfarne College 5.30 pm.
Flowers in Praise St. Andrews 7-8pm
Falling in Love Again, Playhouse Theatre 8pm
Sat Sept 23   Stoneybridge Stakes Premier Race Day HB Racing Centre Gates 10am, Racing 12.00
Golden Queens & Silver Tureens. Exhibition HB Exhibition Centre 10am-4pm
Hastings – 50 Years Then and Now Exhibition, Hastings Community Arts Centre 9.30pm-4pm
Flowers in Praise St. Andrews 10am-4.30pm
Free Lunchtime Concert City Centre Stage 1-2pm
2006 Floral Designer of the Year Competition Lindisfarne College 5.30 pm.
Spanish Mission Walks Hastings i-Site Visitor Centre 11.00am-12.00pm
Blossom Festival Fireworks Windsor Park 7pm, fireworks from 8.30pm
Sun Sept 24   Flowers in Praise St.Andrew’s Church 11.30am-4.30pm
2006 Floral Designer of the Year Competition Lindisfarne College 10.00-2.30pm
The Proms HB Opera House 2pm-4pm
Civic Church Service St. Andrew’s 5pm

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Hastings City 50 year Celebration

Hastings – 50 years a City/Blossom Festival Programme 2006


JOHNNY DEVLIN – sponsored by HBS Building Society
New Zealand’s original ‘King of Rock ‘n Roll’ plays one night only in Hastings’ City.
Playing a selection of his greatest hits and plenty of rock ‘n roll favourites, this is definitely the night to put on your dancing shoes and head onto the dance floor. Johnny will be supported by a band of top notch NZ musicians, hand-picked for this occasion.
This opening night for the Blossom Festival is kindly sponsored by HBS Building Society.
Sat Sept 16 Saddles Room @ HB Racing Centre, Prospect Road 8pm, doors open at 7.30pm
Tickets $35 available from Ticketek – Tel: 06 835 1059 or at [www].ticketek.co.nz

A classic night at the movles, fifties style. Come with some friends and watch the 1950’s classic black and white movie, SOME LIKE IT HOT. Featuring Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis, this Oscar winning film is a five-star comedy that delights from start to finish. From the comfort of your car you can watch the film on the big screen, listen to the broadcast over your radio and order snacks from the cafe. Pedestrians also welcome, but please bring your own chair or rug to sit on. Film Rated: PG
Event sponsored by AMI INSURANCE and kindly presented in association with The Blossom Festival, The Radio Network and Splash Planet.
Please note, if very windy, event may be postponed until Friday 22nd September.
Fri Sept 15 Splash Planet Car Park, Grove Road Hastings. 7.30-9.30pm
Ticket prices: Car price $10.00. Pedestrians $2. Tickets available in advance from Hastings i-site Visitor Centre or on the night at Splash Planet.
Tel: 06 076 9093 for more information.

A fifties themed family day out complete with sports activities, food and drink, art and craft stalls, live rock ‘n roll music, dancing and a helicopter land by the RNZAF. Come along and test out your skills participating in a specially designed fifties Tabloid Sports event for adults and children, with sports including Rounders, Drills, Bull Rush, Sack races, cycle obstacle course etc. Enjoy some rock ‘n roll music on our stage while having your picnic, or sample produce from the food and drink stalls, including home baking, sausage sizzle and a hangi. Wander about the stalls, and look at the displays of classic and vintage cars. Sponsored by HBS Building Society in association with Sport HB
Sun Sept 10 Cornwall Park 11.30am-3.30pm FREE
Tel :Hastings City Marketing on 06 876 9093 or Sport HB on 06 845 9333 for more details

Have some fun in the city fifties style! A great opportunity to get dressed in some 1950’s gear and come into the city to help celebrate the exact day Hastings received city status 50 years ago. Kicking off the day is a ‘Transport Through the Ages’ parade featuring cars from the early 20 century through to the 21st century, showing off the latest models available from the showroom floor today. A real history of transport with old, new, classic and vintage. The parade has vehicles of all shapes and sizes. Parade starts at Southland Road, into Heretaunga Street West and finishes at the Farmers car park. At 1pm the Mayor of Hastings will commemorate the day, by cutting a memorial cake at the City Stage, which will be followed by a RNZAF pilot flyover and a Rock ‘n Roll band on the City Centre Stage until 2.30pm.
Kindly supported by the Lions Club of Hastings.
Fri Sept 8 Parade Through the City finishing at the City Stage. Hastings City Centre. Parade starts at 12.30pm
FREE Tel 06 876 9093 for more Information

Blossom Queens, fruit kings and early land chiefs help tell the story of Hastings, tracing its lusty growth from the original Heretaunga land purchase through to the post-war economic boom, when a long cherished goal of becoming a city was realised. This vibrant show recreates the flavour of the golden years when Hastings flourished on the back of earnings from its rich land celebrated its success in style. The exhibition captures the essence of a city created and built through ambition, determination and the hard work of its residents.
Fri 1 Sept-25 Feb 07 HB Exhibition Centre. 201 Eastbourne Street East. Hastings Daily 4.30pm FREE
Tel: 06 876 2077 or email: [email protected] for more information

A great chance to meet up with old friends, share some memories and show your photographs over a good cup of tea and a scone. Organised by the Rotary Club of Hastings, this afternoon event is FREE and open to all. Please bring along any old photo’s taken in the fifties which we would like to display for the afternoon on the ‘Friends Notice Board’. The event will be held in the beautifully restored surroundings of the HB Opera House foyer. With kind support from the Rotary Club of Hastings and the HB Opera House
Sat Sept 9 HB Opera House Foyer, Hastings Street South 2pm-4pm FREE

FORMAL DINNER AND DANCE – Sponsored by Farmlands
An exciting formal evening with Champagne, dinner and dancing in the style of a fifties ball! Celebrate Hastings and its special anniversary in style with fine dining, the music of the fifties played by the RNZAF Swing Band.
Fri Sept 8 Saddles Room @ HB Racing Centre, Prospect Road 6.30pm  Tickets $75 (Dinner, Wine and dancing)
Tickets available from Hastings City Marketing Tel 06 876 9093

Experience a real-life RNZAF exercise in operation from their tented camp at Bridge Pa Aerodrome. Exercise Wise Owl caters for over 100 RNZAF personnel and is the two-week biannual exercise camp for trainer pilots in New Zealand. The camp is open to all visitors, and gives people the opportunity to observe the actual grass-roots running of an air force camp, its’ personnel and and its’ aircraft.
As part of the day, the RNZAF will carry out two aerial displays. At 11.30am A Formation Flying display and at 1pm a Low Level aerobatics display.
Sat Sept 9 Bridge Pa Aerodrome, Ngatarawa Road, Bridge Pa 10.30am-3.00pm (Aerial displays at 11.30am and 1.00pm) FREE

Bring your lunch, and enjoy the Spring sunshine while being entertained by a series of performances by school groups and performers from all over the Hastings District. Chairs provided. If wet, concerts may be cancelled.
Mon Sept 4   Saints & Sinners 11.30am-1.30pm
Tues Sept 5   Pakowhai School 11.30-12.30pm
Wed Sept 6   St. Josephs Primary School 11.30-12.30pm
Thurs Sept 7   Peterhead School followed by Hereworth School 11.30-1.30pm
Sat Sept 9   Accoustic Rendezvous 11.30-1.30pm
Tel 06 876 9093 for more information FREE

The official launch of the 50th anniversary, 2nd edition of the Spanish Mission Hastings: Styles of Five Decades by Peter Shaw and Peter Hallett. This revised and updated edition is published by the Art Deco Trust in association with Hastings District Council.
Book available for sale at the Hastings i-site from 22nd September.
Thurs Sept 21 Hastings Central Library Warren Street 5.30pm Entry by invitation only
Tel: 06 878 0520 for more information

A series of talks at the Library Displays featuring Hastings in the fifties, fifties films, literature and music.
On-going DVD showings of popular TV shows from this era and competitions.
Tues Sept 12 “Tea and Talk” at 2pm – Local identities reminiscing about the fifties.
Wed Sept 13 – Flashback to fifties fiction” at 3.30 pm – an informative talk by Jo Morris.
Thurs Sept 14 – “Fifties fun” for children at 3.30 pm with Graham Ellery the puppet man.
Hastings Central Library,Warren Street FREE Tel: 06 878 0520 for more information

Local artists have been invited to respond to the 50th anniversary and to Hastings the way it is now. The result is a wonderfully varied exhibition.
Hastings Community Arts Centre, 106 Russell Street South FREE
5-23 Sept 9.30am-4pm weekdays 10am-2pm Saturdays
Tel: 06 878 9447 for more information

Hastings Blossom Festival
Hawke’s Bay Cultural Trust Ruawharo Ta-u-rangi


Hastings City 50 year Celebration

Hastings – 50 years a City/Blossom Festival Programme 2006

An exhibition by The Hastings LDS youth group, engaging in their rich Maori culture in todays modern world.
Mon 11 Sept-Wed 20 Sept Te Ao Marama, 114 Karamu Road Mon-Fri 9am-5pm FREE
Contact [email protected] for more information

Take some time to explore Hastings’ City Spanish Mission architecture and history on this superb guided walk.
View stunning buildings and listen to amazing stories.
Sat Sept 2.9.23 i-Site Visitor Centre 11am-12pm $5 per person
Book at Hastings i-site Visitor Centre Tel 0800 373745

A photographic and memorabilia exhibition that illustrates the contribution by Catholic people to the City of Hastings.
Sacred Heart Church, Heretaunga Street Sept 2-23. Weekdays 10am-2pm Sat 10am-3pm. Sun 11am-3pm Sundays. FREE

A celebration of 35 years since the first tournament was inaugurated in I971 and was named after Mrs Giorgi who was Mayoress at the time. Unique in that each game has just two 10 minute halves. Last year over 50 teams competed.
Sat Sept 9th Sylvan Road Courts Starts @ 9am FREE

or information on any of the events, please call Hastings City Marketing on 06 876 9093 or The Hastings Blossom Festival on 06 876 3173
Email: [email protected]





Hastings City 50 year Celebration

Transport through the ages

Nimon and Sons congratulates the City of Hastings on their 50th Birthday Celebrations. Our company has been supporting the city since the horse & cart travelled between Havelock North and Hastings.

Although the horses have long since been put out to pasture, we have one bus (retired) which was made the same year that Managing Director Bill Nimon was born 50 years ago. It carried people around the Hawke’s Bay until just a few years ago, and is a part of Hastings history. You can see some of our buses during the street parade on Friday 8 September, in the “Transport Through the Ages” theme.

The “Magpie’s Coach” was recently produced to give the ‘wow factor’ to our favourite first division rugby team, but can also do the same for any Hawke’s Bay team or group wishing to display a positive image. People can hire anything from 5-star luxury passenger transport, the “Magpies Coach,” or super-low floor buses for those who need easy access to board. Travel in style and comfort

Frimley takes up the poster challenge

As a design challenge, Year 5 of Frimley School was asked to come up with poster designs for the HBS Family Fun and Sports Day at Cornwall Park. The students took up the challenge with relish and with the help of their teacher Rob Emerson have come up with a fantastic array of posters, of which one was selected to be printed as the official poster for the event.

Originally the pupils had a full design brief by Suzy Melhuish, Events Manager at Hastings City Marketing .“It is fantastic that the students have a real project to work on and we are delighted to have such a colourful and attractive poster to advertise the event. All the class worked on the project and we had great difficulty in selecting the poster to feature.” The posters were designed using Photoshop software and the poster selected to feature for the campaign was designed by Jo Thomas and Regan Wilson.

Photo captions –
1st Place – Jo Thomas and Regan Wilson
2nd Place – Timothy Creighton and Hannah Greaves
3rd Place – Ruth Bis Chofer and Dannii Lee

It’s not just fashion that changes
Dealers in fine cloths [clothes] for men for 26 years
Alexander’s Hastings


Hastings City 50 year Celebration

Johnny Devlin

Rock ‘n Roll Legend

16 September, Saddles Room at Hawke’s Bay Racing Centre, Hastings.

Johnny Devlin was New Zealand’s first rock ‘n roll star and the first Kiwi recording artist to earn a gold record. He was also the first New Zealand rocker to cross the Tasman, the beginning of a long, influential and fruitful traffic.

Johnny kick-started his own career at the age of 12, when he got his first guitar and taught himself to play. After discovering Elvis Presley, Johnny’s life changed and by 1956 Devlin was performing solo and became known for the wild hair and ‘hepcat’ slang. He won every talent quest he entered with his Elvis Presley impersonation and by 1958 he had released his version of Elvis Presley’s version of Lloyd Price’s ‘Lawdy Miss Clawdy’ on Phil Warren’s Prestige label.

Without any airplay on New Zealand’s Government controlled radio the record went on to top the charts and sold 100,000 copies. He followed by releasing a series of singles with his group, The Devils, and became a major attraction, creating riots and news wherever he went. Johnny Devlin and the Devils were New Zealand teenagers’ access to the rock and roll age. He decided to try his luck in Australia and with his flamboyant lame, tiger skin and satin stage costumes, earned him the nickname ‘Satin Satan’. In 1964 Devlin re-entered the limelight as part of the Beatles tour in both Australia and New Zealand. In 1965 Devlin took his talents to England, hoping for a shot at international fame where he recorded singles for CBS, returning to Australia in 1967 to establish himself as a regular performer on Australian’s clubs and oldies circuit.

Johnny is back in Hastings for one night only performing all his greatest hits with his legendary flamboyance. He is joined by a band of local musicians for a night of rock ‘n roll dancing history. Event is on 16th September at the Saddles Room at the HB Racing Centre. Tickets at Ticketek. Sponsored by HBS Building Society.

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Since 1951 Brian & Garethe Liley of BD Liley Ltd have moved forward progressively as technology has advanced from securing the Visor fireplace dealership for Hawke’s Bay. Visors were the forerunner of the free standing models we see today.
Schooner Pot Belly Stoves, Warmaire Oil & Wood fires, Kent, Masport, Logaire, Gillies, Magnum, Firenzo, Milan, Yunca, Metro & Woodsman, followed as they became the specialised heating retailers and qualified installers they are today.
Through attending the annual Home Heating Association conferences, they keep abreast of latest trends and developments in technology.
For expertise and knowledge on your next heating purchase talk to the experts of 50 years.
Brian and Garethe Liley are now looking forward to retirement and will miss meeting their customers, many of whom have become friends over the years. Hawkes Bay is a wonderful place to live and they have enjoyed creating and building a business which has lasted almost half a century and is still operating in the premises they built in 1978.
Hastings Heating Centre
811 Karamu Rd. North,
Ph: (06) 878 7940
Email: [email protected]


Hastings City 50 year Celebration

Golden Queens and Silver Tureens

Story of Hastings history brought to life

Titled Golden Queens and Silver Tureens, the official exhibition marking 50 years of Hastings’ city status, sets out to capture the essence of a city created and built through the ambition, determination and hard work of its citizens.

Months of preparation have gone into the show, which tells the story of early Hastings by focusing on its founding forefathers and how they contributed to the town’s steady growth, from the time of the original Heretaunga land purchase through to the post-war economic boom.

A prized exhibit is the loyalty sword given by Queen Victoria to prominent Maori chief Henare Tomoana in l868, in recognition of his valour in the campaign against Maori spiritual leader Te Kooti.

The sword is passed down through the Tomoana family to the descendant attaining rank within the New Zealand armed forces. The current caretaker is Steven Tomoana who is now living in Australia and has allowed the sword to be flown to Hastings for the show.

Other Hastings ancestors profiled in the exhibition include William Nelson, widely regarded as the father of the modern day freezing industry, Sir James Wattie, one of the outstanding New Zealanders of the 20th century, and James Nelson Williams, the first to identify the potential for a commercial fruit growing and processing industry in Hastings.

Williams’ planted the famed 60 miles of peach trees on his Frimley orchard and opened the Frimley Canning Factory in l904. Some of the original cannery glass jars have been located for the exhibition.

A call for memorabilia has unearthed other treasures. such as a cameo brooch containing locks of hair from seven of the nine children born during the first marriage of meat industry captain William Nelson.

Hastings Exhibition Centre staff have also recreated the flavour of the golden years in the 50s and 60s, when Hastings flourished on the back of earnings from its rich land and celebrated in style, hosting nationally renowned events such as the Blossom Festival and the Highland Games.

A key attraction will be a short film on the Hastings Blossom Festival made by award-winning New Zealand director Gaylene Preston. Gaylene has blended footage from the New Zealand Film Archives with interviews with three former Blossom Queens – Helena Hannah, who was crowned in 1960, Nicola Hearn, the 1965 queen and the last to hold the title in I973, Margaret Ross.

Golden Queens and Silver Tureens opens at the Hawke’s Bay Exhibition Centre on 1 September and will run through until March, 2007.

Photo captions –
A   Sir James Wattie far right with long service staff member, Hastings Factory.
B   The loyalty sword given by Queen Victoria to Henare Tomoana in 1868.
C+D Original glass jars from the Frimley Canning Factory.

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Hastings City 50 year Celebration

RNZAF Open Day   8 September 2006

Soaring above Heretaunga Street, the Royal New Zealand Air Force will celebrate Hastings City’s 50th Anniversary on Friday 8 September with a flypast over the blossom city.

The Air Force will be making the most of Hawke’s Bay’s hospitality as its student pilots deploy on their first ever major exercise. Around a hundred personnel will live and work at Bridge Pa Aerodrome for two weeks in early September on Exercise Wiseowl.

Working away from home, Wiseowl gives the student pilots their first taste of working in the ‘field’ and flying in unfamiliar territory. The students are on their ‘Wings’ course and are normally based at the Flying Training Wing at Ohakea.

Flying the distinctive yellow and black CT4 Airtrainers, nine students and their instructors will buzz over the hills of Hawke’s Bay. The main focus for the students will be formation flying, so residents within 100 kilometres of Bridge Pa can expect to see pairs of planes flying together throughout the day.

On the ground the Air Force personnel will live and work out of tents at Bridge Pa.

The camp will be self sufficient, with a field kitchen, medical facility, administration unit, communications centre, as well as a maintenance centre for the aircraft.

An open day on 9 September will allow the Hawke’s Bay public to get a first hand look at a working Air Force camp.

As well as the two-seater Airtrainers, there will be a C-130 Hercules, Iroquois and Sioux helicopters and Kingair for the public to look through. There will be ground displays by the Air Security dogs, Air Force fire-fighters and armament section – while in the air there will be an array of aerobatics for everyone to enjoy.

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Hastings City’s
50 Year celebrations.
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Hastings City 50 year Celebration

Swinging the Night Away

8 September 2006.

A special occasion for the Fifty Year celebrations is the Official Dinner and Dance at the Saddles Room on 8th September 2006.This formal dinner will be made extra special with Champagne cocktails, fine wine and food and some great swinging music provided by the RNZAF Swing Band. There will be some toasts and the Mayor of Hastings, Lawrence Yule will speak.

To add to the evening, Level 6 students from the Visual Arts and Design department of E.l.T have designed and created the decorations for the Saddles Room.

Drawing on the themes of ‘50’s everyday life in Hastings’, the ‘Hastings Blossom Festival’ and the‘Big Night Out’ dancing, the resulting ideas aim to celebrate the golden years of Hastings and the people who contributed to them. Familiar names and places are acknowledged and will set the scene for a great nostalgic evening with music, dance, blossoms and many a fond memory.

Photo caption – RNZAF Swingband

The Book is Back!
The Second Edition of
“Spanish Mission Hastings – Styles of Five Decades”
First published 1991.
New edition revised and updated with many new photographs of Hastings & District’s finest buildings.
Price $40
Photo caption – SPANISH MISSION
Available 22 September from:
All good booksellers, the HB Exhibition Centre, HB Museum & Art Gallery and Hastings & Napier i-Sites

The Hastings Health Centre
“The Old Post Office”
Cnr Queen Street & Russell Street, Hastings Ph. 873 8999
General Practitioner and nursing services, once delivered in solo practices around the city have been enhanced by co-location in one of the city’s historic buildings, the old post office. A range of other services including pharmacy, physiotherapy, acupuncture, Medlab, dietitian, Maori health coordinator, ear nurse specialist and 7 day a week, 13 hour a day Accident & Medical department open to all, have been made available to patients. Ensuring high quality services are being offered has become paramount and the best staff are being employed to work in the centre.
There is energy and enthusiasm around The Hastings Health Centre, staff are upbeat and passionate about the organisation they work for and there is a lot of good feedback from those who use the services.
Name Of Doctor Speciality area/s of interest Days of work
Dr Michael Hewitt   Family & musculoskeletal medicine Mon-Fri
Dr Paddy Twigg   Family & diabetes medicine   Mon-Fri
Dr Colin Dykes   Family, ante-natal & travel medicine   Mon-Fri
Dr Colin Jones   Family, maternity & sports medicine   Mon-fri
Dr Andrew Heslop   Family medicine   Mon-Fri
Dr Elizabeth Whyte   Family medicine   Daily excl. Thurs
Dr Janet Bogen   Family, diabetes & maternity medicine   Mon, Wed, Fri
Dr Wendy Gush   Family medicine   Mon, Thurs
Dr Stewart Drysdale   Family medicine   Mon-Fri
Dr Lloyd Peterson   Family medicine   Mon-Fri
Dr Catherine Gray   Family medicine   Thurs PM
Dr Cathie Ellis   Family Medicine   Mon-Fri
Dr Richard Jamieson   Family Medicine   Mon-Fri
Dr Gwenda Ward   Family medicine   Mon-Fri
Anyone Welcome 873 8999

80 years of memories
Famous Rush Munro’s turns eighty and we would like you to share your stories
1926 marked the opening of Rush Munro’s, a small shop selling hand churned ice cream and home made sweets. Business thrived until February 3rd 1931 when the shop, like so many Hawke’s Bay homes and businesses, was devastated by the Hawke’s Bay earthquake.
Seventeen days later business was resumed in a tent on an empty section at 704 Heretaunga Street West, our present home. Since that date buildings have been erected and the site was transformed into a garden. The Famous Rush Munro’s Ice Cream Garden.
Throughout our 80 year history Famous Rush Munro’s Ice Cream has been a Hawke’s Bay icon. Many Hawke’s Bay residents and holidaymakers have fond memories of childhood visits to the Famous Rush Munro’s Ice Cream Gardens. Rush Munro’s would love to capture your memories and photographs of our famous ice cream and your visits to our unique gardens. Please post in your stories and photo’s by October 31 to:
Rush Munro’s 80 Years of Memories
PO Box 13093, Hastings
Or email to
[email protected]
All photographs will be digitally copied and returned.
Ice Cream prizes will be awarded and Hawke’s Bay Today has kindly offered to publish a selection of the stories and photographs.
Help us celebrate our 80th Anniversary by sharing your Rush Munro’s Memories.
704w Heretaunga Street Hastings Ph 06 878 9634   [www].rushmunro.co.nz
Photo caption – Frederick Charles Rush Munro and staff, 1931.

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