Story: Hawke’s Bay region

Earthquake destruction in Hastings, 1931

Earthquake destruction in Hastings, 1931

Napier is most associated with the destructive 1931 earthquake, but it was not the only town to suffer significant damage. The centre of Hastings, which like Napier was full of vulnerable masonry buildings, was also badly damaged.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Sydney Charles Smith Collection (PA-Group-00242)
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Photograph by Sydney Charles Smith

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Hawke’s Bay region - 20th-century developments', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 June 2022)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, updated 1 Jul 2015