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Event Series Event Series: Parks Week 2024

Parks Week 2024

March 8 @ 10:00 am 2:00 pm

For Parks Week 2024, we will be celebrating the heritage buildings in our parks with two days of activations. Step into the rich history of these beautiful buildings, which (apart from Stoneycroft), are available for public bookings.

We invite you to visit these buildings over 8-9 March to learn more about their history, how you can use them, and to enjoy the activations on offer.

Friday 8 March, 10am-2pm


Constructed around 1875, the New Zealand Heritage listed Stoneycroft is the oldest of the buildings showcased during Parks Week. Join Knowledge Bank volunteers as they lead tours of this beautiful building located in Stoneycroft Reserve, 901 Omahu Road. The Knowledge Bank is based in the building and is overseen by the Hawke’s Bay Digital Archives Trust who were heavily involved in the fundraising and physical work that brought the building up to the standard it is today.

Women’s Rest, Civic Square

Join Heretaunga Women’s Centre staff as they showcase the Women’s Rest building on International Women’s Day. A Category 1 Heritage Building, the Centre started life in 1921 as a Women’s Rest: a place where women could come to rest, feed their babies, and take lunch with friends. Today Heretaunga Women’s Centre is based in the building offering confidential, non-judgemental support to women in the form of social groups and services, as well as making rooms available for hire to external individuals and groups.

Saturday 9 March, 10am-2pm

Keirunga Homestead and Cottage, Keirunga Gardens

Visit the beautiful Arts and Crafts style Homestead and Cottage that was constructed in the early 1900s. Recently refurbished and now available to the community to book for a wide  range of community events through the Keirunga Gardens Arts and Crafts Society, the Homestead and surrounding gardens will be set up in a wedding celebration theme with a coffee cart available. People are encouraged to explore the buildings and relax in the beautiful gardens. 

Te Mākaramū (The Meeting Room), Cornwall Park

Opened in 1929, the gorgeous former Tea Kiosk building was refurbished in 2022 and is now a popular venue for different community functions and celebrations. Located next to the children’s playground, it will be set up in a birthday party theme. Mr Whippy will be on site, along with a children’s face painter, and a maker table courtesy of the Hastings Libraries team.

Duart House

Constructed in the 1880s, Duart House is the second oldest of the buildings showcased during Parks Week. While Duart House will be hosting a separate event on 9 March, the building and museum are otherwise open to the public on the first Sunday of each month 10am-12pm (unless booked). Outside of these times, visits are by prior arrangement.

Mackersey Family Pavilion

Visit the cricket pavilion dating back to 1938, and relocated to its current position in 2016, which is available to the community to book for a range of small functions and events. The Havelock Handmade Market, full of local craftspeople who create their products with skill and care, will also be on-site from 9am to 2pm.

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