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Central Hawke’s Bay wins big at Heritage Awards

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The efforts of those working hard to restore and keep the stories of Tamatea - Central Hawke’s Bay alive were recognised this week, with the district taking out the supreme award, three major category awards and a highly commended at the inaugural Hawke’s Bay Heritage Awards.

Developed by Historic Places Hawke’s Bay, Art Deco Trust and other partners, The Hawke’s Bay Heritage Awards, provided an opportunity to recognise and celebrate those whose talents and energies preserve Hawke’s Bay’s heritage landscape.
Of the eight categories awarded on Thursday night, Ngā Ara Tipuna, a cultural storytelling tour of historic Pā sites in Waipukurau and Takapau, won two -  including the overall Supreme Award and the Māori Realm Award.

The loving restoration of the140-year-old Coles Joinery Factory in Ongaonga achieved a Heritage Tourism Award and earned a highly commended in the Public Realm, Saved and Restored category; while a Hawke’s Bay Heritage Heroes Award went to Central Hawke's Bay Museum.

Central Hawke’s Bay Mayor Alex Walker said she was extremely proud to celebrate volunteers, Manawhenua and partners, whose talents and energies continue to bring the district's stories and heritage to life, for generations to come.

“To win across three major categories is an incredible feat in itself, but to be recognised with the supreme award as well, demonstrates an excellence and richness in the tapestry of history and heritage we have to share here in Tamatea – Central Hawke’s Bay," Mayor Alex said.

“From Ngā Ara Tipuna - a unique storytelling journey and partnership project with Manawhenua, to our Central Hawke’s Bay Museum and the unique Coles Bros building in Ongaonga - these are all sites that hold a special place in the hearts of so many".

"The awards recognise thousands of hours of volunteer work that happens behind the scenes in our community, and it was incredibly special to be able to celebrate their efforts and achievements across our district, together."

The Ngā Ara Tipuna Award will be making its way around the district for community members to see and celebrate, starting at Te Huinga Wai – The Knowledge and Learning Hub next week.
Editors Notes:

Judges of the 2022 Hawke’s Bay Heritage Awards were; James Blackburne, Nigel How, Dr Elizabeth Pishief and Jana Uhlirova. All award winners received a handcrafted award by acclaimed Hawke’s Bay artist Ema Scott.

The 2022 Hawke’s Bay Heritage Award nominees and winners are:
2022 Hawke’s Bay Heritage Awards Supreme Winner:
Ngā Ara Tipuna. You can find out more on the website

Historic Places Hawkes's Bay, Domestic Building, Saved and Restored Award:
WINNER: Whare Ra, Havelock North

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Paradise Cottage, Paradise Road, Napier

NOMINATED: Glenlyon, Lincoln Road, Napier
Hawthorne House, Railway Road South, Hastings
Te Mata House, Havelock North

Hastings District Council, Public Realm, Saved and Restored Award:
WINNER: The Municipal Buildings at Toitoi - Hawke's Bay Arts & Events Centre, Hastings

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Coles Joinery Factory, Ongaonga

NOMINATED: Park Island Cemetery War Graves Restoration New Zealand supported by the Remembrance Army, Hawke's Bay branch
The County Hotel, Napier
Napier Hill Cemetery, Napier City Council gardens team
Tribune Precinct Restoration, Hastings

Art Deco Trust, Art Deco Era Building, Saved and Restored Award:
WINNER: Daily Telegraph Building, Tennyson Street, Napier

NOMINATED: Antique Centre restoration of the former Ross and Glendinning Building, Tennyson Street, Napier
Kelly McNeil Building, Queens Street East, Hastings
Las Palmas Building, King Street, North, Hastings

Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated, Māori Realm Award:
WINNER: Ngā Ara Tipuna, Waipukurau-Takapau

NOMINATED: Te Tū Marae ki Te Matau a Māui Project

Hawke's Bay Tourism, Heritage Tourism Award:
WINNER: Coles Joinery Factory, Ongaonga

NOMINATED: Tribune Precinct, Hastings

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, Seismic Strengthening Award:
WINNER: The Opera House at Toitoi Hawke's Bay Arts & Events Centre, Hastings

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Tribune Precinct, Hastings

NOMINATED: Kelly McNeil Building, Hastings

Central Hawke's Bay District Council, Future Heritage Award:
WINNER: Tribune Precinct, Queens Street East, Hastings

Napier City Council Hawke's Bay Heritage Hero Award:
WINNER: Denise Gore



NOMINATED: Corrine Bowey – Encore Dancers – Born To Move Dance Studio
Ronda Chrystal and The Deco Tour

Wairoa District Council Hawke's Bay Heritage Heroes Award:
WINNER: Central Hawke's Bay Museum

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Hawke's Bay Vintage Car Club

HIGHLY COMMENDED: The volunteers at Hawke's Bay Knowledge Bank

14 November 2022

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