Hastings District Council is currently planning the best way to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the 1873 founding of the township.
Mayor, Sandra Hazlehurst said that while the history of tje city and district extended far beyond 1873, the commemoration would be a chance to acknowledge and remember past events and people who had contributed to making Hastings district the unique, special place that it is today.
“This commemoration is particularly poignant in light of the recent devastating effects of Cyclone Gabrielle,” said Mayor Hazlehurst.
“We can draw strength from reflecting on the challenges and significant events of our history, and how our community has pulled together in times of need. Knowing that Hastings has overcome challenges in the past inspires us to know that we will recover now and build back better and stronger.”
Local businesses, community groups, sports clubs, schools, and other organisations are being invited to join in and take the opportunity to support the wellbeing and vibrancy of our community, and celebrate their part in Hastings’ history.
July 8 was the official date Francis Hicks auctioned off the sections in Hastings township in 1873, and the 150th commemoration will be officially recognised over the weekend of July 7-9 with fun, family activities.
Further 150th-themed community events and attractions will take place over the following months, culminating in the Blossom Festival on the weekend of September 22-24.
Arts Inc Heretaunga’s Blossom Parade organiser, Lyn Mackie said this year’s parade would be themed ‘Our Hastings’ so float entries can celebrate their connection to Hastings past or present.
The search is on for the former Hastings ‘Blossom Queens’ in the hope that they will reunite as guests of honour for some of the commemoration events, including the Blossom Parade. They can get in touch with Hastings District Council at www.hastingsdc.govt.nz/150-years.