Red Cross staff are thrilled they can return to their refreshed, refurbished and strengthened building.

Now they're holding a community day to celebrate on February 9.

After 15 months of renovations, the New Zealand Red Cross Hastings Service Centre has finally moved back into its prominent building in Heretaunga Street West.

East Coast humanitarian service co-ordinator Audrey Tolua said it had been a long wait since that day in September 2017 when the building failed earthquake testing, with staff given less than one hour's notice to vacate.


"Our service centre has always been a hub for the Hastings community. We didn't expect to be away from the service centre as long as we were, so we have really missed being amongst our community in such a busy location.

"We're excited to be back and welcome our local community in to check out our fresh new premises."

The Service Centre is Red Cross' Hastings base for a broad range of activities including first aid training, community programmes like Meals on Wheels, school education programmes, community transport and the Disaster Welfare and Support team.

The building can also be used for a bustling community hub for anyone looking to have some time out to read or study.

To celebrate its reopening, Red Cross will be holding a Community Day at the Hastings Service Centre with free family entertainment, sausage sizzles, bargains from the Red Cross retail shop and the chance to win spot prizes.

On display also will be a Disaster Welfare and Support emergency truck - a vehicle which can provide shelter and food for up to 150 people.

The community day will take place at the Hastings Service Centre, 823 Heretaunga St West, St Leonards from 11am-2pm on Saturday, February 9.