Hawke's Bay Anniversary Day

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2020 Date23 October 2020
2021 Date22 October 2021
Hawke's Bay Anniversary Day

Hawke's Bay Anniversary Day History

Hawke's Bay Anniversary Day commemorates the separation of Hawke's Bay province. On 1 November 1958, Hawke's Bay province split from Wellington and formed its own province.

Hawke's Bay Anniversary Day is celebrated annually on the Friday before Labour Day.

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Hawke's Bay Anniversary Day Facts

  • As is the case with all the other provinces that formed New Zealand, the Hawke's Bay province was dissolved in 1876. In compliance with the New Zealand Holidays Act of 1981, its founding is still commemorated locally. Provinces had their own local government but now exist as names of regions only and are known as provincial districts.
  • The Te Mata Peak is a major landmark of the region. According to Maori legend, the prone dead body of the giant Rongokako forms the peak. It is said that he died after biting through the terrain to create ways, so it'd be easier for the people to traverse.

Hawke's Bay Anniversary Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Visit Hawke's Bay vineyards and wineries. Hawke's Bay produces 80% of New Zealand's Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah grapes.
  • Visit the Te Mata Peak and enjoy a great 360-degree view over Hawke's Bay. You can drive, walk or bike to the top.

Hawke's Bay Anniversary Day - References and Related Sites

publicholidays.org.nz: Hawke's Bay Anniversary Weekend

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