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Afternoon Tea Again For 1931 Earthquake Survivors

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The annual afternoon tea for survivors of the 1931 Hawke’s Bay Earthquake is always a special occasion.

The afternoon tea is a community-supported event that has been held for 17 years to honour the people who as youngsters survived the Hawke’s Bay earthquake. Guests come from all over the region and further afield.

The afternoon tea will be held from 2 pm to 4 pm on Sunday, 12 February 2017 hosted by Napier Boys’ High School at their main Henderson Hall in Chambers St.

“The people who come to the afternoon tea as our guests always warmly tell us how much they enjoy and appreciate it. It gives them an opportunity to meet with old friends and neighbours and relive memories - for some the event was traumatic, for others it was an adventure of a lifetime,” says Napier City Deputy Mayor Faye White, who coordinates the event.

Invitations will be sent out in early January to earthquake survivors already on the guest list. Any 1931 earthquake survivor who would like to be added to the guest list can contact Napier City Council’s Mayor’s office. Family and carers are also welcome to support the survivors. 

The afternoon tea is served by NBHS students and volunteers from the sponsor organisations. The organisers appreciate the generous support of local businesses and organisations which sponsor food and equipment.  Sounds of Hawke’s Bay Chorus will be the new entertainers this year.  The guest speaker will be confirmed shortly.

The event is jointly organised by Napier City Council, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, HB Civil Defence Emergency Management Group, Art Deco Trust, New Zealand Red Cross, and Napier Boys’ High School. 


16 December 2016

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