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Afternoon tea to mark 90th anniversary of 1931 earthquake

1931 survivors afternoon tea 1931

The annual afternoon tea for survivors of the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake will be held on Sunday, 7 February, marking the 90th anniversary of one of New Zealand's most devastating natural disasters.


Napier Mayor Kirsten Wise said the event was a special occasion for people who survived the life-changing 7.8-magnitude quake.


“The survivors’ afternoon tea pays tribute to all those who experienced the earthquake or helped in its aftermath. This year is the 90th anniversary of the quake. As time goes by, the memories of that day become even more precious and important to remember, for the sake of future generations knowing the history of our city,” says Mayor Wise.


The event, now in its 21st year, will be held at Napier Boys' High School from 2pm to 4pm, and will feature Project Prima Volta, a Napier Boys’ High School student guest speaker, and the Veronica Bell.


Earthquake survivors who have previously attended should have received their invitations before Christmas.


Anyone who has changed address, or who has not previously attended and would like to be invited, can contact Anna Eady on 027 260 4159.


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


They appreciate the generous support from local businesses and organisations that sponsor food and equipment.

25 January 2021

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