Hawkes Bay

About Us

Founded in 2013 the Hawke’s Bay Decorative and Fine Arts Society (HBDFAS) helps open up the world of arts to everyone and giving of aid to the preservation of our New Zealand national artistic heritage.

We have a friendly and enthusiastic membership of approximately 200 with a wide cross section of men and women, couples and single memberships. Our venue is large and welcoming, visitors are very welcome and may attend two lectures for a small fee ($20 per lecture) before committing to membership.

Tuscan Vases

Ceramic vases with scenes of Tuscan villages - Hand-painted by Lynda Harris, Auckland

There are eight lectures annually covering a diverse range of topics from architecture, design, glass, fashion, porcelain, ceramics, art and art history, sculpture and literature. The venue is the Havelock North Function centre which is situated beside the Library in the centre of the village.

Light refreshments with a glass of wine or juice are provided after each lecture. Members and guests enjoy this opportunity to mingle with friends, talk with the lecturer and meet other members.

The success of the society can be attributed to the high standard of the lecturers
who are specialists in their field and NADFAS (DFAS’ parent organisation in the UK) approved. The topics are chosen to inform, stimulate and entertain.

To quote Patricia Fay, founder of NADFAS- 


  • Chairman

    Jeanette Kelly
    Phone - 027 441 3755
  • Membership Secretary

    Lynn Mouat
    Phone – 021 383 121
  • Vice Chair

    Lynn Mouat
    Phone – 021 383 121
  • Secretary

    Mary Stewart
    Phone – (06) 877 7744
  • Treasurer

    Deborah Renton-Green
    Phone – (06) 858 4120
  • Programme Secretary

    KA Halliday
    Phone – (06) 877 4100
  • Committee

    Jenny Scotland
    Carol Nelson
    Meg Bremner
    Cherry Grant
    John Timpson
    Michael Mckay
    Craig Kilgour


To apply for membership please download the Hawkes Bay Membership Form 2016 and post it with your payment to the Membership Secretary, PO Box 8444, Havelock North, 4130.

Annual membership is $150 per person or $280 for two people living at the same address. This covers the cost of the venue and equipment, travel and accommodation costs for the lecturer and refreshments after the lecture.

As an incorporated charitable trust we are a non profit organisation

Guests are welcome to attend two lectures a year at a fee of $20 per lecture. Membership is not transferable. The fee for visiting DFAS members will be $15.

Please notify the Membership Secretary, Lynn Mouat by the Friday prior to the lecture if you are bringing a guest or to notify changes of contact details.

Phone: (06) 877 9969 or Email: hbdfas@xtra.co.nz


Lectures will be held at 7pm in the Magdalinos Room at the Havelock North Function Centre, Te Mata Road, Havelock North unless otherwise stated.

Lectures will last approximately an hour and will be followed by a glass of wine and light refreshments.

News and Activities

Jeanette Kelly, Chair HBDFAS, Gill Stevens, NADFAS Aust/NZ Area Rep.

In March Gill Stevens our NADFAS Overseas Area Representative visited Hawke’s Bay followed by June Robinson, the National Chairman of NADFAS in the UK. Gill is our first point of contact for any help we need from the parent organisation and June visited only three Societies during her NZ trip so we were delighted to have her attend our May lecture to address and meet our members. Both were a pleasure to host and completely supportive of DFAS in New Zealand as part of the global NADFAS family visited Hawke’s Bay.

In March we ran an extra event to celebrate the many organisations to which HBDFAS has made charitable contributions and demonstrated the contribution our organisation is making to the arts. The evening included the memorable young singers from Prima Volta Trust and a wonderful lecture from Mary Kisler, Auckland Art Gallery sharing her adventures in Locating Frances Hodgkins. 

Jeanette Kelly, Mary Kisler, Frances Hodgkins Project and Mary Stewart intermediate past Chair HBDFAS.

On Monday 5th September we will hold our first Optionional Half Study Day - Leslie Primo, “Cult of the South Pacific” Members will have priority but need to book in advance as space is limited. The cost is $25.00 and includes morning tea. Please email hbdfas@xtra.co.nz.

Hawkes Bay DFAS is a registered charitable organisation and will make charitable donations to the community with surplus funds.

Suitable recipients will generally be identified by suggestions from members or approaches from requesting organisations, groups or individuals.

After making the large contribution to the Frances Hodgkins project last year we have concentrated on local projects for 2016 with a focus on encouraging the arts for youth. The four recipients are:

Prima Volta Charitable Trust to help meet the cost of their set artist, Rachel Walker, for the 2016 production of Puccini’s ‘La Boheme’ Opera.

Hastings City Art Gallery to support interpretative floor talks to visiting school groups for Visiting Asia – a vibrant exhibition sharing the perspectives of selected New Zealand artists undertaking residencies in 

Asia. The artists collaborated with their communities and created fresh cross-cultural synergies using a wide variety of media.

Massey University to cover Post graduate Museum Studies course fees for a Hawke’s Bay based student.

Set design ACT II ‘La Boheme’ Opera.

MTG Hawke’s Bay to contribute to the education programmes & learning experiences that the MTG conducts for low decile schools in Hawke’s Bay.

In 2015 $5000 was donated to MTG Hawke’s Bay for educational programmes and learning experiences that the museum conducts for low decile schools in Hawke’s Bay and $10,000 to the Frances Hodgkin’s Project (working in association with New Zealand DFAS) helping to bring the achievements of New Zealand’s most celebrated expatriate artist Frances Hodgkins (1869 – 1947) to the world’s fingertips.

Media articles HB Today & Napier Mail


Frances Hodgkins, Red Jug, 1931, oil on canvas, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1982.

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The Frances Hodgkins project is an initiative from Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki that will see the development of an online catalogue raisonne; a listing of all known artworks by Hodgkins. Launching in 2017, the online resource will provide the most comprehensive information and the latest research on Hodgkins to date, as well as images of the painter and her works sourced from around the world. A major exhibition and accompanying book on Frances Hodgkins is also scheduled for 2017.

The project is being led by Mary Kisler, Senior Curator and Catherine Hammond Research Library Manager at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki. Mary Kisler will be visiting Hawke’s Bay in September to identify works by Hodgkins.

Decorative Arts purchases made with funds from the HBDFAS


Bowl, 1930s

William Cyne Farquharson (b.190, d.1972)
wheel cut and engraved glass Birmingham, England
Purchased with funds from the Hawke’s Bay Decorative and Fine Arts Society and Webb Trust, 2013/39/4

Purchased for $1200.00 from Art and Industry, Auckland

Clyne Farquharson studied at the Birmingham School of Art from 1920 – 1924. On leaving, he was appointed Chief Draughtsman at John Walsh Walsh Ltd., quite a senior position for an 18 year-old graduate. He remained with the company until the closure of the factory in 1951.

It is rare to see a designer’s signature on the glassware manufactured by the crystal houses of the West Midlands - Clyne Farquharson, however, was an exception. Two pattern books from the 1920s provide us with the earliest named evidence of his work but he is best known for four very successful designs by the names of ‘Leaf’, ‘Kendal’, ‘Barry, and ‘Albany’, launched in 1936.

This range all feature deep cutting and mechanical rather than acid polishing.

Alongside Keith Murray and William Wilson, Clyne Farquharson is considered a leader of British glass design in the inter-war period.

Vase, 1930s

Etling (estab. 1909, closed 1940s)
Paris, France
Purchased with funds from the Hawke’s Bay Decorative and Fine Arts Society and Webb Trust, 2013/39/6
Purchased for $1200.00 from Art and Industry, Auckland

In 1909 Edmond Laurent Etling founded Etling glassworks in Choisy-le-Roi in the southeastern suburbs of Paris. Alongside his glassware he also commissioned ceramics, ivory and bronze which he sold through his shop in central Paris. Etling called upon the leading freelance designers of the time including Dimitri Chiparus, A. Godard, Claire-Jean Roberte Colinet, Lucille Sévin and her husband Jean Theodore Delabassé, Gazan, Georges Béal, Maurice Guiraud-Rivière and Marcel Guillard.

As exemplified in this vase, Etling glassware was typically opalescent and featured the characteristic clean lines and natural motifs of the Art Deco period. His use of opalescent glass created a particularly appealing soft glow when lit by electric lamps.

Etling’s entire output was in the Art Deco style as neither himself nor his company survived WWII.