Sibling Rivalry : Hastings v Napier - Michael Fowler
Local historian Michael Fowler will talk on the long history of squabbling between Hastings and Napier.
For 130 years or so, the two communities have engaged in a relationship marked by competition and jealousy. From the establishment of the Hastings plant of the Napier Gas Co., through controversies around port facilities, hospitals, university (lost to Palmerston North), the airport, Michael contends that this troubled relationship has been to the disadvantage of the region.
Have we learnt any lessons from the past? What chance of amalgamation?