Situated of State Highway 2, the Hawkes Bay consists of 4 main areas; Napier, Hastings, Havelock North and Central Hawke's Bay. The population of Hawkes Bay is approximately 147,783 people.
The Hawkes Bay has a rich Maori culture with the first maori arriving by canoe from the North in the 9th century AD. The first europeans arrived in 1796 on the HMS Endevour captained by Captain James Cook. He named the Bay after Sir Edward Hawke, First Lord of the Admiralty.
In 1931 an earthquake measuring Richter 7.8 struck. In two separate shocks, the majority of the center of Napier was turned to rubble. Major fires broke out and destroyed most of the structures that were left. The re-construction of the city in the Art Deco style typical of the early 1930's, created the buildings that can be seen today.
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