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Encyclopedia > Hastings District
Urban Zone Population 61,700
Extent Clive to Pakipaki,

Fernhill to Haumoana

& Havelock North
Name Hastings District
Population 70,500
Extent Waikari River to Lake

Poukawa, and east to
the Kaweka Range;
excluding area in

Napier City
See also Napier City
Name Hawke's Bay

Hastings is a large urban area in Hawke's Bay, close to the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand.

Less than 15 kilometres separates the centres of Hastings and Napier, and as such the two are regarded as twin cities. In local government terms, however, the two are considerably different. Where Napier is a city, Hastings' city status was lost in 1989 when it was amalgamated with Havelock North, Flaxmere and a rural hinterland to form the Hastings District. Ironically, this has left Hastings with the larger population of the two centres, with a 2001 population of 67,428.


Founded in the 1850s, early names for Hastings included Hicksville, after a prominent local settler, and Heretaunga. In keeping with other local towns (such as Napier and Clive) its name was later changed to that of a prominent statesman or soldier from Imperial India - in this case, Warren Hastings, the first Governor-General of India.

Hastings was badly damaged by the Napier earthquake of February 3, 1931, which destroyed or damaged almost every building in the town.


Situated on the Heretaunga Plains, Hastings is flat with no natural landmarks. The local area is very productive, with orchards and vineyards surrounding the city. The main industries are agricultural, with freezing works and canneries being major local employers. Honey is also a well-known local product.

Hastings has a sunny climate, but due to its lack of landmarks and proximity to the more picturesque Napier, it is much less of a tourist destination.

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Hastings is a town and local government district in South East England, in the county of East Sussex.
Hastings is situated where the sandstone beds, at the heart of the Weald, known geologically as the Hastings Sands, meet the English Channel, forming tall cliffs to the east of the town.
Hastings was a borough by 1086, and gave its name to the Rape of Hastings, one of the six Rapes or administrative districts of Sussex.
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