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 is a stunning example of Edwardian Neo-Baroque elegance with a built-in stage. Offering 400sqm of floor space, a 5m high ceiling, rigging points for truss and lighting and a 20m long balcony overlooking Heretaunga Street, this room combines lavishly refurbished heritage features with modern technology to create the complete package.
The Assembly Room holds up to 360 people theatre-style, 300 for a banquet, 252 for classroom-style, and 380 for cocktails.
Shakespeare is an ideal space for cocktails, product launches, small events or 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 heritage room will make your next meeting or event the most memorable yet.
Shakespeare holds up to 144 people theatre-style, 104 banquet, 60 for classroom or 120 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 35 people theatre-style, 16 boardroom, 24 classroom or 45 for cocktails.
Adjoining Municipal Lane, on ground level, this flexible, modern space can be used for a wide variety of events. Whether you’re holding a small theatre show, cocktail party, conference breakout sessions or even if you need a speakers’ preparation room, Tama Tūranga Huata will adapt to suit.
At 110m2, Tama Tūranga Huata can hold up to 78 people theatre-style, 50 for banquets, 42 classroom, or 90 for cocktails.