Fantastic projects lauded
Artistic, historic and architectural gems made up the winners of this year’s Landmarks Awards, held on Thursday 31 August.
Held every two years, the awards recognise projects that preserve and enhance Hastings’ unique ‘personality’, from outstanding public art and innovative architecture, to excellent landscaping and the preservation of historic buildings.
Acting mayor Sandra Hazlehurst presented this year’s awards, for projects ranging from small to large, historic to new, and from very public to a little more hidden.
Taking out the Jeremy Dwyer Trophy, the supreme award, was Hawke’s Bay Knowledge Bank. Its volunteers work to digitise the region’s historic records, many from family collections, so they are not lost forever.
Another of the very important projects recognised was the preservation of two historic leadlight ceiling panels in the Hutchinson’s Flooring, Furniture and Interiors building, in Heretaunga Street.
Other lauded projects included Te Waiaia, the new Maori language suite at Hastings Girls’ High School; the Waimarama Surf Lifesaving Tower, for being “iconic and unique to its area and community”; the relocated Havelock North Cricket Pavilion which is the crown jewel in the revamped and newly named Village Green; the Hawke’s Bay Electric Power Board Building in Eastbourne St East; Te Papa Otanenuiarangi, a piece of exceptional public art that can be seen from the limestone track between Whakatu and Clive; Hastings’ unique street-art, the Hastings Icons public artworks; Lions’ Community Playground in Windsor Park; and the Edible Fashion Awards.
Photo caption – Jewels: One of the stained glass ceiling panels in the Hutchinson’s Flooring, Furniture and Interiors building, restored by glass artist John Owens.