|1.||a port in SE England, in East Sussex on the English Channel: near the site of the Battle of Hastings (1066), in which William the Conqueror defeated King Harold; chief of the Cinque Ports. Pop: 85 828 (2001)|
|2.||a town in New Zealand, on E North Island: centre of a rich agricultural and fruit-growing region. Pop: 71 100 (2004 est)|
|1.||Gavin. born 1962, Scottish Rugby Union footballer; played for Scotland 1986--95|
|2.||Warren. 1732--1818, British administrator in India; governor general of Bengal (1773--85). He implemented important reforms but was impeached by parliament (1788) on charges of corruption; acquitted in 1795|
city ("district"), eastern North Island, New Zealand. It lies on the Heretaunga Plains, near Hawke Bay. The area's first European settlers arrived in 1864 to take up land leased from the local Maoris. The settlement was linked to the island's rail system by 1873 and was named after Warren Hastings (first governor-general of British India); it was declared a town in 1884 and a borough two years later. A disastrous earthquake struck the borough in 1931; but Hastings was rebuilt, grew, and was constituted a city in 1956. Serving an agricultural and pastoral region, it is a food-processing centre with canning, quick-freezing, dairy, and meatpacking plants, stockyards, and breweries; it also produces fertilizer, tallow, and stock food. Highland Games are held at Hastings every year in the spring. It is part of the Napier-Hastings urban area. Pop. (2001) 59,139.
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