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Afternoon tea for 1931 earthquake survivors

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The annual afternoon tea for survivors of the 1931 Hawke’s Bay earthquake will be held on Sunday, 2 February, marking the 89th 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 afternoon tea is our way of paying tribute to a very special group of people, where they can meet up with old friends and share memories of the day that shaped the lives of so many,” Ms Wise said.

“It’s a lovely way to remember that fateful day, and to be thankful for the strength and efforts of those who worked tirelessly to rebuild our region.”

The event, now in its 20th year, will be held at Napier Boys’ High School from 2pm to 4pm, and will feature Hawke’s Bay historian and author Michael Fowler as a guest speaker.

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 06 834 4198.

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.

2 February 2020

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