10 Facts About Hawke's Bay


Hawke's Bay is a local government region on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island.

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Hawke's Bay Region includes the hilly coastal land around the northern and central bay, the floodplains of the Wairoa River in the north, the wide fertile Heretaunga Plains around Hastings in the south, and a hilly interior stretching up into the Kaweka and Ruahine Ranges.

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Hawke's Bay Province was founded in 1858 as a province of New Zealand, after being separated from the Wellington Province following a meeting in Napier in February 1858.

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Missionaries in the mid 19th century planted the first vines in Hawke's Bay and it is an important place for full bodied red wines.

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Hawke's Bay is home to Rocket Lab's Launch Complex 1, New Zealand's first orbital launch site, on Mahia Peninsula.

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Hawke's Bay is one of the most seismically active regions in New Zealand and has experienced many large and often damaging earthquakes.

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The final proposal was that Hawke's Bay would be governed by a unitary council comprising a governing body with subsidiary decision-making made by five local boards.

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Hawke's Bay has its own TV station, TVHB, which provides a mix of news and information programmes hosted by local personalities.

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Players representing Hawke's Bay are eligible to play for the Hurricanes in the annual transnational Super Rugby competition.

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Hawke's Bay Hawks compete in the New Zealand National Basketball League.

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