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Hastings District Council has 5,229 km2, with about 85,000 inhabitants. The
administrative center is the City of Hastings.
The flag of the Hastings District Council consists of the horizontal logo on a grey-blue background.
Valentin Poposki, 29 July 2020
Hastings is a large urban area in the east of the North Island of New
Zealand. It is informally known as the city of Hastings, although it lost its
city status during a reorganisation of New Zealand's regional and district
councils in the 1980s. It forms part of New Zealand's "twin cities" with its
near neighbour, Napier. Napier lies on the coast of Hawke Bay (confusingly, the
bay is Hawke Bay but the region is Hawke's Bay), the large semicircular
indentation on the North Island east coast; Hastings lies about five miles
inland from it. Hastings, like many other nearby towns, was named for a British
colonial leader in 19th century India.
Along with Napier, Hastings was badly damaged during a large earthquake in 1931, which saw much of the centre of the city destroyed. As with Napier, the city was largely rebuilt in the prevailing Art Dec style, and both centres are still noted for their 1930s architecture.
The Hastings District includes all the former city of Hastings, as well as the towns of Havelock North, Flaxmere, and Clive. In total, the Hastings District has a population of around 80,000, of whom a little over half live within the main urban area. Major industries in the area include horticulture (particularly fruit orchards) and vineyards - Hastings is at the centre of one of New Zealand's main wine producing regions.
James Dignan, 19 August 2020