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Hawke's Bay's Big Shake - Roadside Stories

Hawke's Bay's Big Shake - Roadside Stories


Marine Parade, Napier

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to the Hawke's Bay earthquake of 1931. Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide in the image carousel above.

New Zealand's most devastating earthquake killed more than 250 and destroyed Napier and Hastings in February 1931. The 7.8-magnitude quake was followed by fires which gutted central Napier. The city was rebuilt in art deco style -- now a major tourist drawcard.

Historic earthquakes,

Napier after the 1931 earthquake,



Hawke's Bay earthquake strikes,


Archival audio sourced from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives, Sound files may not be reused without permission from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives (Reference number TCDR919 Tr 1).

Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way -- its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

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