Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Top architecture award for Hawke’s Bay Opera House

The Hawke’s Bay Opera House is the heart of Toitoi - Hawke’s Bay Arts and Events Centre in Hastings and its spectacular facelift has earned it this year’s NZ Institute of Architects Heritage award.

The landmark 1915 building that was refurbished and sensitively restored under the direction of Dave Pearson Architects, attracted much praise from the award judges ahead of the winning announcement last night.

“The rich deep reds of the restored auditorium of the Hawke’s Bay Opera House improve an already incredible theatre space, one of New Zealand’s most significant, designed by Henry Eli White ((1876–1952), also architect of the St James theatres in Wellington and Auckland,” they said.

“The almost monochromatic approach adds luxury, and confidently nods to the history of the theatre, but is not a replica of earlier colour schemes.
“Extensive seismic upgrading has been discreetly incorporated into the existing fabric of the fully refurbished building.

“A new raised roof is confidently handled on the Spanish Mission exterior. At over 100 years old, this survivor of the 1931 earthquake has been restored with additional splendour.”

Hastings mayor Sandra Hazlehurst said the award goes to all of the people who have worked incredibly hard to restore the beauty, integrity and history of our Opera House, including former mayor and deputy mayor Lawrence Yule and Cynthia Bowers.

“There are so few of these beautiful old buildings left in New Zealand and this one has so many stories of the past, from the time when it was a cinema, a dance hall and a boxing ring and everything else in between.

“The community was thrilled to get back into the Opera House over the 10 days of the Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival - it is such a valued and much-loved community building.”

Toitoi-Hawke’s Bay Arts and Event Centre manager Megan Peacock-Coyle said the team was proud to be the current kaitiaki of this now nationally-recognised taonga for our community.

“We feel privileged to work for and with a council that invests in both the arts and our built history, and the Opera House and neighbouring Municipal Building are perfect examples of this commitment.

“Winning this award is just the icing on the cake for our local community, who already have a long love affair with this space. Our only hope is that the incredible work which has gone into this restoration will still be here in another 100 years for the next generation of Hastings’ art-lovers.”

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Whether We Should Be Betting Quite So Heavily On Astra Zeneca’s Covid Vaccine

According to this week’s Speech from the Throne, maintaining public safety during the pandemic will remain the government’s top priority. Next year will (hopefully) bring the rolling out of a free vaccination against Covid-19 to New Zealander. Currently, there are three possible vaccine contenders but the effectiveness of the vaccine will be only one of the factors determining which vaccine will pre-dominate. On the basis of the cost per dose, and the ease of manufacture, storage and distribution, the Astra Zeneca/Oxford University vaccine will almost certainly be the prime choice for New Zealand, at least initially... More>>


New Zealand Government: Speech From The Throne

It is my privilege to exercise the prerogative of Her Majesty the Queen and open the 53rd Parliament.
In the October election, New Zealanders elected a majority Government for the first time under our Mixed Member Proportional electoral system... More>>

Grant Robertson: Government To Review Housing Settings

New Zealand’s stronger-than-expected economic performance has flowed through to housing demand, so the Government will review housing settings to improve access to the market, the Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “Our focus More>>


Law Commission: Recommends New DNA Laws For Criminal Investigations

Te Aka Matua o te Ture | Law Commission today released a report that recommends a new, comprehensive regime to control how DNA is obtained, used and retained for criminal investigations. The report has revealed significant gaps in the operation ... More>>


New Zealand Government: To Declare A Climate Emergency

The Government will declare a climate emergency next week, Climate Change Minister James Shaw said today. “We are in the midst of a climate crisis that will impact on nearly every aspect of our lives and the type of planet our children will inherit ... More>>


Economy: Crown Accounts Reflect Govt’s Careful Economic Management

The better-than-expected Crown accounts released today show the Government’s careful management of the COVID-19 health crisis was the right approach to support the economy. As expected, the Crown accounts for the year to June 2020 show the operating balance ... More>>


Green Party: Announce Portfolio Reshuffle With Talented And Energised Caucus Team

“The Green Party caucus offers a breadth of talent and energy to the Parliament this term. In ten MPs you have a small business owner, a human rights lawyer, an academic, a climate negotiator, a transport planner, and so much more”, Green Party ... More>>





InfoPages News Channels