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Hastings, New Zealand

Hastings is the largest city in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand. As of 2003, its population is 59,432.

Founded in the 1850s, Hastings was originally named Hicksville, after a prominent local settler. However, the locals changed the name to Hastings for an unknown reason.

Situated on the Heretaunga Plains, Hastings is dead flat with no natural landmarks. The local area is very productive, with orchards and vineyards surrounding the city. The main industries are agricultural, with freezing works and canneries major employers.

Hastings has a sunny climate, but due to its lack of landmarks and proximity to the more picturesque Napier, it is not a tourist destination.