Prior to 1931, the area where Hawke's Bay Airport now stands was part of a tidal lagoon and a popular venue for sailing and fishing. The earthquake that struck on 3rd February 1931, with a magnitude of 7.9 on the Richter scale, raised the seabed by up to two metres and gave Napier many additional hectares of dry, flat land.

Hawke's Bay Airport was officially opened on the 15th of February 1964, although there had been flying from the airfield for many years. The first regular service between Napier and Gisborne commenced in 1935 from the Embankment airfield and transferred to the Beacons airfield, the current airport site, soon after.


Vision, Mission & Values

Hawke's Bay Airport's Vision is to be New Zealand's most vibrant and successful regional airport welcoming 1 million passengers by 2030. We will achieve this by delivering against our Mission of enabling safe, customer focussed and sustainable air transport services in and out of Hawke's Bay.

Our success in working towards this vision will be measured by performance across the five strategic pillars of our business. 

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Our Values

 ·     Safety First

·       We look to the Horizon

·       Striving for continued Commercial Success

·       Care and Respect for our people

·       Customer Focused

·       Sustainability is part of our DNA 

·       Environmentally responsible.



The board is responsible for the corporate governance of Hawke's Bay Airport Limited ("The Company"). The term "corporate governance" means the control of the business by the Directors, and the accountability of the directors to the shareholders and others, for the performance of the Company and compliance by the Company with laws and standards.

A copy of the Hawke's Bay Airport Limited Board Charter is available via the following link.

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