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1931 Hawke’s Bay Earthquake

1931 Hawke’s Bay Earthquake

When:

  • Tue 20 Mar, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 21 Mar, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 22 Mar, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 23 Mar, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 24 Mar, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 25 Mar, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 26 Mar, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 27 Mar, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 28 Mar, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 29 Mar, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 30 Mar, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 31 Mar, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 1 Apr, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 2 Apr, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 3 Apr, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 4 Apr, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 5 Apr, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 6 Apr, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 7 Apr, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 8 Apr, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 9 Apr, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 10 Apr, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 11 Apr, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 12 Apr, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 13 Apr, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 14 Apr, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 15 Apr, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 16 Apr, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 17 Apr, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 18 Apr, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 19 Apr, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 20 Apr, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 21 Apr, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 22 Apr, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 23 Apr, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 24 Apr, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 25 Apr, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 26 Apr, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 27 Apr, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 28 Apr, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 29 Apr, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 30 Apr, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 1 May, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 2 May, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 3 May, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 4 May, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 5 May, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 6 May, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 7 May, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 8 May, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 9 May, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 10 May, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 11 May, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 12 May, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 13 May, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 14 May, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 15 May, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 16 May, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 17 May, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 18 May, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 19 May, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 20 May, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 21 May, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 22 May, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 23 May, 9:30am – 5:00pm
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  • Sat 26 May, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 27 May, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 28 May, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 29 May, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 30 May, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 31 May, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 1 Jun, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 2 Jun, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 3 Jun, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 4 Jun, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 5 Jun, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 6 Jun, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 7 Jun, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 8 Jun, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 9 Jun, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 10 Jun, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 11 Jun, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 12 Jun, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 13 Jun, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 14 Jun, 9:30am – 5:00pm
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  • Sun 17 Jun, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 18 Jun, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 19 Jun, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 20 Jun, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 21 Jun, 9:30am – 5:00pm
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  • Sun 24 Jun, 9:30am – 5:00pm
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  • Tue 26 Jun, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 27 Jun, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 28 Jun, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 29 Jun, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 30 Jun, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 1 Jul, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 2 Jul, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 3 Jul, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 4 Jul, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 5 Jul, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 6 Jul, 9:30am – 5:00pm
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  • Sun 8 Jul, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 9 Jul, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 10 Jul, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 11 Jul, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 12 Jul, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 13 Jul, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 14 Jul, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 15 Jul, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 16 Jul, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 17 Jul, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 18 Jul, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 19 Jul, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 20 Jul, 9:30am – 5:00pm
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  • Sun 22 Jul, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 23 Jul, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 24 Jul, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 25 Jul, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 26 Jul, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 27 Jul, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 28 Jul, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 29 Jul, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 30 Jul, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 31 Jul, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 1 Aug, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 2 Aug, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 3 Aug, 9:30am – 5:00pm
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  • Mon 6 Aug, 9:30am – 5:00pm
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  • Thu 9 Aug, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 10 Aug, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 11 Aug, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 12 Aug, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 13 Aug, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 14 Aug, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 15 Aug, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 16 Aug, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 17 Aug, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 18 Aug, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 19 Aug, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 20 Aug, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 21 Aug, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 22 Aug, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 23 Aug, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 24 Aug, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 25 Aug, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 26 Aug, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 27 Aug, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 28 Aug, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 29 Aug, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 30 Aug, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 31 Aug, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 1 Sep, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 2 Sep, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 3 Sep, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 4 Sep, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 5 Sep, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 6 Sep, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 7 Sep, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 8 Sep, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 9 Sep, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 10 Sep, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 11 Sep, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 12 Sep, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 13 Sep, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 14 Sep, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 15 Sep, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 16 Sep, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 17 Sep, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 18 Sep, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 19 Sep, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 20 Sep, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 21 Sep, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 22 Sep, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 23 Sep, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 24 Sep, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 25 Sep, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 26 Sep, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 27 Sep, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 28 Sep, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 29 Sep, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 30 Sep, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 1 Oct, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 2 Oct, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 3 Oct, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 4 Oct, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 5 Oct, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 6 Oct, 9:30am – 5:00pm
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  • Mon 8 Oct, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 9 Oct, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 10 Oct, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 11 Oct, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 12 Oct, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 13 Oct, 9:30am – 5:00pm
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  • Sun 21 Oct, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 22 Oct, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 23 Oct, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 24 Oct, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 25 Oct, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 26 Oct, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 27 Oct, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 28 Oct, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 29 Oct, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 30 Oct, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 31 Oct, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 1 Nov, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 2 Nov, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 3 Nov, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 4 Nov, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 5 Nov, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 6 Nov, 9:30am – 5:00pm
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  • Thu 8 Nov, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 9 Nov, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 10 Nov, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 11 Nov, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 12 Nov, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 13 Nov, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 14 Nov, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 15 Nov, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 16 Nov, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 17 Nov, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 18 Nov, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 19 Nov, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 20 Nov, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 21 Nov, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 22 Nov, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 23 Nov, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 24 Nov, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 25 Nov, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 26 Nov, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 27 Nov, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 28 Nov, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 29 Nov, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 30 Nov, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 1 Dec, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 2 Dec, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 3 Dec, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 4 Dec, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 5 Dec, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 6 Dec, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 7 Dec, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 8 Dec, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 9 Dec, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 10 Dec, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 11 Dec, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 12 Dec, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 13 Dec, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 14 Dec, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 15 Dec, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 16 Dec, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 17 Dec, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 18 Dec, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 19 Dec, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 20 Dec, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 21 Dec, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 22 Dec, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 23 Dec, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 24 Dec, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 26 Dec, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 27 Dec, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 28 Dec, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 29 Dec, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 30 Dec, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 31 Dec, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 1 Jan ’19, 9:30am – 5:00pm
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Where:

MTG Hawke's Bay, 1 Tennyson St, Napier Show map

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Website:

MTG Hawke's Bay

“The outline of the hill turned into a giant serpent as it heaved up and down. The shock wave swept across it, creating a monster crossing the skyline.” - NG Bailey

At 10:47am on 3 February 1931, a devastating earthquake struck Hawke’s Bay. In that moment it seemed the end of the world had come.

People were thrown off their feet; buildings shuddered and collapsed as the ground pitched violently. In central Napier, fires broke out within minutes and rushed through the city. Amidst the burning, falling buildings, the bright blue sky of a summer’s day was obscured by smoke and dust.

People could only watch as their home was destroyed around them. In desperation the injured screamed for help, others ran for the safety of the beach, or home to find their families.

In Hawke’s Bay, time from then on would always be divided into before and after the earthquake. The high number of casualties and the challenge of rehabilitation and reconstruction in the middle of the Depression tested the nation, the brunt of the burden borne by every person in Hawke’s Bay who strove to reclaim their home amid the trauma of extreme loss.

Objects and archives in the MTG collections are rich with memory of the horror of that day, and of its aftermath. Visiting this exhibition is a must for those who seek to understand a place shaped by destruction on a scale unparalleled in New Zealand, of a story that has shaped a visible scar on Hawke’s Bay, and of the invisible scars - held in the memories of its places and people, still vivid over 80 years on.

The 'Survivors' Stories' film also plays throughout the day, continuously and plays for 35 minutes. The film contains the personal accounts from Hana Cotter, Audrey McKelvie, Jim Clayton, and Lauris Edmond as they describe the 1931 Napier Earthquake.

Supported by Hawke’s Bay Regional Council.

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