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Hawke’s Bay & Gisborne


Singular cruise ship brings $12k to Napier in FY22
16 Nov 2022  

Singular cruise ship brings $12k to Napier in FY22

The single domestic cruise ship visit to Napier in the year to September 2022 was worth $12,000, according to Napier Port’s 2022 annual report.


Hawke’s Bay celebrates 10 years of Great Rides
14 Nov 2022  

Hawke’s Bay celebrates 10 years of Great Rides

Hawke’s Bay Trails is celebrating its 10th anniversary since its inclusion in New Zealand’s 23 iconic Great Rides in New Zealand.


Napier events attract visitors
9 Nov 2022  

Napier events attract visitors

Pedestrian numbers in Napier have reached their highest numbers since Covid-19, boosted by a range of events over the weekend.


Fireworks cause Friday night blaze at Te Mata Peak
7 Nov 2022  

Fireworks cause Friday night blaze at Te Mata Peak

Fire and Emergency NZ has confirmed fireworks were the cause of a vegetation fire at Te Mata Peak on Friday.


Thorp named F.A.W.C! Hawke’s Bay Legend
4 Nov 2022   /

Thorp named F.A.W.C! Hawke’s Bay Legend

Food tourism stalwart Kim Thorp has been crowned the 2022 F.A.W.C! Hawke’s Bay Legend.


Art Deco Festival Napier to return in 2023
4 Nov 2022  

Art Deco Festival Napier to return in 2023

The Art Deco Festival Napier is returning to Hawke’s Bay in 2023 after a two-year hiatus of its full programme.


Hawke’s Bay Airport lifts revenue despite tough conditions
1 Nov 2022  

Hawke’s Bay Airport lifts revenue despite tough conditions

Hawke’s Bay Airport has posted revenue of $6.73m revenue for FY22, up slightly from last year, despite higher operating costs and the continued pressures from Covid on passenger numbers.


Sting to play in NZ at ‘world’s biggest vineyard event’
14 Oct 2022  

Sting to play in NZ at ‘world’s biggest vineyard event’

The Mission Concert will host musician Sting at Napier Mission Estate Winery next year in what organisers claim is the world’s biggest vineyard event.


Return of cruise raises hopes of regional revival
13 Oct 2022  

Return of cruise raises hopes of regional revival

Regional operators are hoping for a strong summer but it may to take a while to reach pre-pandemic levels of activity.


Gallery: BEIA Conference 2022
10 Oct 2022   /

Gallery: BEIA Conference 2022

Business Events Industry Aotearoa members attending the association’s annual conference enjoyed an impressive sample of Hawke’s Bay’s famous cuisine and wine.


BEIA honours industry achievers, reveals 2023 conference region
7 Oct 2022   /

BEIA honours industry achievers, reveals 2023 conference region

Two top business events professionals have been recognised at Business Events Industry Aotearoa’s industry gala dinner in Napier last night.


Business events week planned to boost sector – BEIA
6 Oct 2022   /

Business events week planned to boost sector – BEIA

A new agreement to help engage more Māori tourism businesses is also in development.


Business events innovation needed to tackle carbon emissions – Nash
5 Oct 2022   /

Business events innovation needed to tackle carbon emissions – Nash

The sector needs to be innovative in the way it markets itself, particular to those flying longhaul, says the tourism minister.


Ocean art exhibit comes to National Aquarium
30 Sep 2022  

Ocean art exhibit comes to National Aquarium

Visitors are encouraged to reflect on their own personal connections, memories and experiences in relation to the ocean.


BEIA to ‘ignite the future’ at annual conference
21 Sep 2022   /

BEIA to ‘ignite the future’ at annual conference

Workforce training, sustainability and future strategies will be hot topics at the Business Events Industry Aotearoa’s 46th AGM and annual conference in Hawke’s Bay next month.


Hawke’s Bay celebrates Airport of the Year
21 Sep 2022   /

Hawke’s Bay celebrates Airport of the Year

Hawke’s Bay Airport has picked up the Airport of the Year accolade at the 2022 New Zealand Airport Awards.


Dora’s Penguin of the Year Award a win for wildlife education
15 Sep 2022  

Dora’s Penguin of the Year Award a win for wildlife education

Dora the kororā has scooped the Penguin of the Year Award as voted by bird lovers from across the world.


The search is on for Penguin of the Year
6 Sep 2022  

The search is on for Penguin of the Year

Napier’s National Aquarium of New Zealand is on a mission to find this year’s Penguin of the Year and is inviting the public to make their votes.


BEIA to ‘Ignite the Future’ in Hawke’s Bay
16 Aug 2022   /

BEIA to ‘Ignite the Future’ in Hawke’s Bay

Business Events Industry Aotearoa has opened registration for its 46th AGM and Annual Conference at Napier Conference Centre in Hawke’s Bay from 4 – 6 October 2022.


Gisborne cycleway gets $1.5m boost
15 Aug 2022   /

Gisborne cycleway gets $1.5m boost

The Taruheru cycleway in Gisborne will receive $1.5m for its continued development.


PM opens $32m Hastings aquatic centre
12 Aug 2022  

PM opens $32m Hastings aquatic centre

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has officially opened the new $32m Hawke’s Bay Regional Aquatic Centre in Hastings.


Hawke’s Bay, Dunedin pioneer region-to-region campaign
26 Jul 2022   /

Hawke’s Bay, Dunedin pioneer region-to-region campaign

A pioneering collaboration between Hawke’s Bay and Dunedin invites people to rediscover the regions.


Napier Port opens Te Whiti wharf to enable larger vessels
25 Jul 2022   /

Napier Port opens Te Whiti wharf to enable larger vessels

Napier Port has opened its 350-metre Te Whiti wharf, which is long and deep enough to accommodate large vessels.


NZEA conference speakers, gala event confirmed
8 Jul 2022   /

NZEA conference speakers, gala event confirmed

The New Zealand Events Association’s Eventing the Future 2022 conference has announced the full lineup of speakers for this year’s event at the Napier War Memorial Centre on 26 – 27 July.


Hastings i-SITE reopens relocated
7 Jul 2022  

Hastings i-SITE reopens relocated

The Hastings i-SITE has reopened in its new location within the redeveloped Municipal Building in Toitoi – Hawke’s Bay Arts and Events Centre.


First phase of Ngā Ara Tipuna history trail completed
6 Jul 2022   /

First phase of Ngā Ara Tipuna history trail completed

The first phase of the Ngā Ara Tipuna history trail in Central Hawke’s Bay is now complete.


Hawke’s Bay regional park to be upgraded
5 Jul 2022  

Hawke’s Bay regional park to be upgraded

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council will invest $400,000 into a new toilet block and permanent electricity to the marquee site at Waitangi Regional Park.


Antisocial antics threaten Hawke’s Bay hotspot
4 Jul 2022   /

Antisocial antics threaten Hawke’s Bay hotspot

Mangatutu Hot Springs in Hawke’s Bay could be closed if anti-social behaviour continues at the popular thermal pools and campsite.


Popular Hawke’s Bay track closed by landslide
27 Apr 2022   /

Popular Hawke’s Bay track closed by landslide

The Department of Conservation has closed a section of the Tangoio Falls in Hawke’s Bay due to recent weather events.


Govt provides $175k for Gisborne recovery
25 Mar 2022  

Govt provides $175k for Gisborne recovery

The government is providing $175,000 to help clean up Tairāwhiti Gisborne, following floods and severe storm damage over the last five days.


i-SITE to join Hastings arts, events development
25 Mar 2022   /

i-SITE to join Hastings arts, events development

Hastings i-SITE will relocate mid-year to the Municipal Building at the Toitoi – Hawke’s Bay Arts & Event Centre development.


Gisborne cut off as rising rivers prompt evacuations
24 Mar 2022  

Gisborne cut off as rising rivers prompt evacuations

Evacuations are underway in parts of Gisborne as river levels in the region continue to rise.


New CEO for Hawke’s Bay Airport
22 Mar 2022   /

New CEO for Hawke’s Bay Airport

Rob Stratford returns to New Zealand after more than 20 years in senior executive roles in Australia.


Tourism spend up 16% for Hastings
9 Mar 2022   /

Tourism spend up 16% for Hastings

Despite tourism spend up 16% the city’s events, hospitality and retail sectors still face challenges.


Rhythm and Vines cans Easter event
7 Mar 2022   /

Rhythm and Vines cans Easter event

The Rhythm and Vines Easter event has been cancelled.


Napier welcomes crowds to revamped Art Deco Festival
21 Feb 2022   /

Napier welcomes crowds to revamped Art Deco Festival

The organisers of the 2022 Art Deco Festival in Napier, revamped to operate under the red setting of the traffic light system, are declaring the festivities a success.


Historic theatre, museum gets backer, targets 2022 opening
21 Feb 2022  

Historic theatre, museum gets backer, targets 2022 opening

New Zealand’s longest operating provincial movie theatre until its closure in 2012 is getting a chance at resurrection.


Gisborne operators, flights nationwide locations of interest
11 Feb 2022  

Gisborne operators, flights nationwide locations of interest

Gisborne City Vintage Railway has been named a Covid-19 location of interest after a Covid-19 case visited between 1.00pm-3.30pm on Sunday 30 January.


Hawke’s Bay Airport worker tests Covid positive
2 Feb 2022  

Hawke’s Bay Airport worker tests Covid positive

A staff member at Hawke’s Bay Airport has tested positive for Covid-19.


SkyCity Casino Hamilton a location of interest
2 Feb 2022   /

SkyCity Casino Hamilton a location of interest

SkyCity Casino Hamilton has been named a Covid-19 location of interest after a Covid-19 case visited between 5.33pm-6.38pm on Tuesday 25 January.


Art Deco Festival in red revamp, as Covid bites second time
31 Jan 2022   /

Art Deco Festival in red revamp, as Covid bites second time

Learning lessons from last year, organisers are creating a range of new events that can be held at the red traffic light setting.


Te Uruwera to re-open in February
31 Jan 2022   /

Te Uruwera to re-open in February

Lake Waikaremoana will re-open to the public on 6 February and all tracks, huts and camp grounds in Te Uruwera will re-open from 14 February.


Napier’s Art Deco Festival uncertain
25 Jan 2022  

Napier’s Art Deco Festival uncertain

Organisers of Napier’s Art Deco Festival say they are working with event venues and event producers to reconfirm how they wished to proceed with their entries following the move to the red Covid setting.


Central North Island suffers muted tourism as Kiwis stay closer to home…
18 Jan 2022   /

Central North Island suffers muted tourism as Kiwis stay closer to home…

Regions that rode the “do something new” tourism wave last summer are not benefitting as much but there have been bright spots.


This time may be different – hoteliers say no rush of Aucklanders
16 Dec 2021   /

This time may be different – hoteliers say no rush of Aucklanders

The tsunami of Aucklanders that typified the end of previous lockdowns is yet to appear, say hoteliers.


ADP: Occupancy in October lifts off lows with Hawke’s Bay tops
29 Nov 2021   /

ADP: Occupancy in October lifts off lows with Hawke’s Bay tops

The occupancy rate for the year to October was 39%, with 94% coming from domestic guest nights.


 Tūhoe plans electric water taxi for Lake Waikaremoana
24 Nov 2021   /

 Tūhoe plans electric water taxi for Lake Waikaremoana

Tūhoe says it is investing in a custom-built electric passenger boat, to replace previous water taxis and reduce fuel pollution on Lake Waikaremoana.


$1.8m Jobs for Nature funding to create 10 roles
15 Nov 2021   /

$1.8m Jobs for Nature funding to create 10 roles

Ten new jobs in Dannevirke will be created thanks to $1.78m Jobs for Nature funding.


Hawke’s Bay Airport secures $23m green loan
2 Nov 2021   /

Hawke’s Bay Airport secures $23m green loan

It is ASB’s first sustainability linked loan, and comes with environmental, social and governance targets for the airport.


Do not cuddle the penguins – DOC
22 Oct 2021   /

Do not cuddle the penguins – DOC

The Department of Conservation is reminding people not to touch wild blue penguins amid reports of such activity near Napier.