The second stage of Toitoi's refurbishment, focusing on the neighbouring Category 1 historic Municipal Building, opens in July 2022 and unlocks the full potential of Toitoi. We are taking bookings for Municipal Building spaces now.
The Municipal Building offers the historic Assembly Ballroom, Shakespeare and additional fit-for-purpose meeting rooms.
It also includes the stunning Municipal Lane, as well as a mix of retail and hospitality tenants and newly created additional spaces available for public hire on the ground floor.
The Assembly Ballroom features Hawke’s Bay's largest sprung dance floor, an inbuilt stage and is a stunning example of Edwardian Neo-Baroque elegance.
Offering 400sqm of floor space, a 5m high ceiling, rigging points for truss and lighting and a 20m long balcony overlooking Heretaunga Street, the Assembly combines lavishly refurbished architectural features and modern technology to create the complete package. The Assembly Room holds up to 400 people theatre-style, 250 for a banquet, 210 for classroom-style, and 400 for cocktails.
Shakespeare is an ideal space for medium-size meetings in any configuration. The room is easily accessible via lift or stairs from Heretaunga Street and features a separate space for catering. Formerly used as the Hastings District Council Chambers until 1977, this 144m2 room will give your meeting the wow factor!
Shakespeare holds up to 150 people theatre-style, 120 banquet, 80 for classroom or 150 cocktail.
Situated above the corner of Hastings and Heretaunga Streets, with stunning views of Te Mata o Rongokako, this is an ideal large boardroom or small meeting space. Its name means "The Face" reflecting its purpose - hui kanohi ki te kanohi or face-to-face meetings. At 60m2, this room can hold up to 60 people theatre-style, 50 banquet, 36 classroom or 60 for cocktails.
Adjoining the Laneway, on ground level, this is a flexible space which can be used for many occasions and configurations - from small theatre events to conference breakout sessions. At 100m2, Tama Tūranga Huata can hold up to 80 people theatre-style, 80 for banquets, 60 classroom, or 120 for cocktails.