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Contract awarded for work on Watchman Road intersection

The NZ Transport Agency has awarded the contract for a range of intersection improvements at the Watchman Road/Meeanee Quay intersection on State Highway 2, Napier, to Higgins Construction.

12 April 2017

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Proposed Fees and Charges 2017/18

Council adopted the proposed Fees and Charges for 2017/18 on 5 April 2017. These form part of the supporting information for the 2017/18 Annual Plan. The final Fees and Charges will be adopted in June 2017 when the 2017/18 Annual Plan is adopted.

12 April 2017

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2017/18 Draft Annual Plan

As Napier City Council have not identified any significant or material differences between the proposed Annual Plan and the content of the LTP for the financial year to which the Annual Plan relates, Council decided that a full formal consultation process was not required this year.

12 April 2017

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Holiday happenings in Napier

To mark the end of Term One Bay Skate is holding a special event which includes the chance to win free entry for the whole school holidays.

12 April 2017

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Creative Communities NZ Funding Scheme Recipients Announced

The Napier City Council, in partnership with Creative New Zealand, is pleased to announce that the following organisations have received funding from the March 2017 Creative Communities NZ Funding Scheme.

11 April 2017

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Hawke’s Bay Museums Trust acquires significant works

An historically and culturally significant series of art works is soon to be acquired by the Hawke’s Bay Museums Trust (HBMT), for display at MTG Hawke’s Bay.

11 April 2017

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Sports and Recreational Facilities on Anzac Day

Sports organisations are advised that all games arranged for Tuesday, 25 April 2017 cannot commence until after 1.00pm.

10 April 2017

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25-Apr Road Closures for Anzac Services

Notice of roads that will be closed in Napier and Taradale for Anzac Day Commemorative Services on Tuesday, 25 April 2017.

6 April 2017

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21 Years of Brides winner announced

Gaye Clarke is looking forward to having a “second honeymoon”, thanks to winning a Napier escape package as part of the 21 Years of Brides campaign included in the Napier Conference Centre re-opening festivities.

4 April 2017

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2017 Anzac Day Holiday Hours

Hours of operation for Napier City Council venues on Tuesday, 25 April 2017.

31 March 2017

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Draft Annual Plan available to view

At the Extraordinary Finance Committee meeting on 29 March, Council decided not to consult on the proposed Annual Plan as there were no significant or material changes to what was proposed in the Long Term Plan.

31 March 2017

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Community Services Grants applications now open

Is your organisation doing great deeds in the Napier community? Community and voluntary organisations whose work directly benefits the community have the chance to receive a financial contribution from Napier City Council – but only for a limited time.

30 March 2017

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Dog Control Report Available

The Annual Report on dog control activities during the 2015-16 financial year is now available.

29 March 2017

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It's time for tea at MTG

MTG Hawke’s Bay explores our long love affair with tea in the exhibition, Time for Tea: the much-loved cuppa, opening this Saturday 25 March.

21 March 2017

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SeaWalls Murals for Oceans Festival 19 - 26 March

Napier City Council, in partnership with the PangeaSeed Foundation and Alternative Arts Initiative are excited to announce it is bringing Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans back to Napier between March 19 and 26 with a fresh line up of 20 extraordinary contemporary international muralists.

20 March 2017

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Free dog neutering offered by Council

It’s all paws on deck at Napier City Council as the team launches a new campaign that will benefit potentially hundreds of dog owners.

17 March 2017

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Don’t let your kind donations go up in smoke

Generous Napier residents are being congratulated on their goodwill but urged to put their hard-earned money into legitimate resources for those genuinely struggling to make ends meet. Street beggars are cashing in on the kindness of strangers, but spending their cache on illegal drugs such as highly addictive synthetic cannabis. Some are also gambling away the approximately $100 they earn each day on the streets.

15 March 2017

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Penguins can't fly - or can they?

Three penguins from the National Aquarium of New Zealand have today done something other penguins can’t – fly. The three – two females (Pippa and Miley) plus a yet-to-be-named male – have been transported down to Christchurch’s International Antarctic Centre because Napier’s facility is too full.

7 March 2017

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The Easy Riders to entertain at The Big Easy

This Easter Saturday, April 15, hundreds of riders are expected to saddle up for the fifth annual Big Easy cycle ride on the Hawke’s Bay Trails wrapping up with a concert at Church Road Winery where ‘The Easy Riders’, featuring Jackie Clarke, Annie Crummer, Suzanne Lynch and Rikki Morris, are set to take the stage and help celebrate The Big Easy’s fifth birthday.

6 March 2017

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Multi-Use Sports Facility proposal paused for further analysis

Napier City Council has made the decision to withdraw a paper seeking a resolution of council as to whether to proceed to the next phase on the proposed Hawke’s Bay Multi-Use Sports Facility. Councillors met with Council management and stakeholders - including representatives of the sporting codes who would benefit from the construction of the facility - last week, in order to discuss the project.

21 February 2017

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Napier takes precautionary approach to positive water test

Napier City Council has this afternoon chlorinated the water in one of its reservoirs after routine testing returned a positive test for e-coli. The reservoir is the Enfield Rd reservoir and it services much of Napier including Taradale and Bay View during peak season. All other reservoirs tested on the same day returned clear results.

2 February 2017

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Chlorination Update

The latest information from our water engineering team is that the result will be released to Council by 4pm. Until then, please remember that the water is now chlorinated and is safe to drink. If you or a family member is feeling ill, please call Healthline on 0800 611 116.

2 February 2017

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Sea Walls part of Seaweek 2017

Locals and visitors have a chance to find out more about Napier’s Sea Walls murals, thanks to free guided walks during Seaweek 2017, to be held next month between 26 February and 5 March. "Everyone knows something interesting about Antarctica or the Amazon River, but closer to home the natural world can be a mystery," says National Aquarium of New Zealand Educator Jake Brookie.

30 January 2017

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A new place to relax in the CBD

Napier Library now has its own funky outdoor pop up space. The rooftop garden accessed from Level One of the Library has re-opened, complete with carefully chosen plants, artificial turf and furniture including colourful bean bags.

19 January 2017

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New caterers for conference centre

A new kitchen, new chefs and a whole new catering team is ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work when the Napier Conference Centre reopens. Dish Catering has been awarded the catering contract for the redeveloped venue, due to open its doors again for business in March following a major refurbishment and expansion completed by Napier City Council.

19 January 2017

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Total Fire Ban for Napier

The hot, dry weather experienced throughout Hawke’s Bay means a total fire ban has been declared for the entire region. A prohibited fire season, or total fire ban, has been declared by Napier City Council, Hastings, Wairoa and Central Hawke’s Bay District Councils, and the Department of Conservation areas within these districts. It will remain in force until further notice. The ban means no fires are allowed in the open, including incinerators, traditional cooking fires such as hangi, solid fuel barbecues, braziers, pizza ovens, camp fires and fireworks.

14 January 2017

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Napier residents feel the heat

It’s hot out there! It seems Napier residents are feeling the heat this month, as Napier City Council is experiencing unprecedented demand for water. The water reservoirs are being emptied as fast as we can fill them, says Jon Kingsford, Director Infrastructure Services

11 January 2017

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Napier's coolest playground to extend opening hours, toys

Napier’s inflatable water playground has made a real splash so far this summer, with visitor numbers so high that Napier City Council is now investigating developing the concept further. Council is applying to Hawke’s Bay Regional Council for resource consent to install at least two to three more structures, adjoining the current Splash ‘n’ Play configuration at Pandora Pond.

7 December 2016

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Bay Skate to bring wheel sports together

Months in the making, Napier’s new-look skate park throws open the doors on Saturday 17th December, 2016. It’s been named Bay Skate, and comes complete with a striking new logo, new layout and plenty of exciting new features. The park is loosely divided into three section – a bowl area, a rink, and a ramp space (still in development) which can be used for free skating until the ramps are completed.

6 December 2016

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Electric vehicle charging station first of its kind for Napier

Electric vehicles (EVs) can now charge up in Napier, with Unison launching the city’s first public fast-charging station on Saturday, 19 November. The ‘Power Park’, which is located in the Dickens Street public car park, next to the Quest Hotel has been installed in partnership with Unison.

21 November 2016

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Napier skate park opening soon

Napier City Council is looking forward to revealing the new Napier Skate Park to the public before Christmas. A free Open Day is being held at the park on Marine Parade on Saturday 17 December. Brand new ramps are currently being built, with the ramps formerly used at SkateZone to be returned to the Napier Skating Club.

3 November 2016

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Legends dinner at Elite Road Nationals in Napier

The Elite Road National Championships in Napier will finish with the Legends of Cycling Dinner featuring triple winner of the Tour de France's green jersey, Robbie McEwen and New Zealand's most successful professional cyclist Julian Dean.

1 November 2016

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LAB wows country school

Kiwis of all ages should be aware of natural hazards and a visit to “The LAB” is a great way to raise that awareness, says Te Pohue School teacher Tim Orbell.

20 October 2016

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Get cranked for the Summer Cycling Carnival 2017

Six exciting family friendly events are set to attract thousands to the second annual Hawke’s Bay Summer Cycling Carnival to be held in Napier in January.

12 October 2016

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NCC adopts Annual Report

The value of building consents for Napier has jumped by 40 percent in the past year. That is just one of the positive findings outlined in the Napier City Council 2015/16 Annual Report adopted on September 22 at the final Council meeting before the local body elections. Interest in the Parklands development on former Lagoon farm land remains high, with the number of residential lots sold helping to push the income from land sales $2.9m higher than expected.

22 September 2016

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Council goes electric

Napier City Council is doing its bit to plan for the future with the first of two fully electric vehicles in its fleet out on the road. A site to charge the vehicles was set up by the Napier Civic building. The Renault Kangoo vans used by the Council courier and parking staff have proved easy to run and to charge, says Council Chief Executive Wayne Jack.

21 September 2016

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Napier City Council unveils exciting new branding

Marine Parade’s iconic Norfolk pines and gently lapping waves make up Napier City Council’s new logo, which was unveiled to staff and stakeholders on Friday, 9 September. Chief Executive Wayne Jack presented the new brand direction, including the colour palette, fonts and planned logo usage. Phase one of a multi-staged roll-out begins immediately.

9 September 2016

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Honouring Napier volunteers

Helping families and young people in need is common to many of the recipients of this year’s Napier Citizens’ Civic Awards. The ceremony at which they received their awards was held on Monday, 5 September, at the Napier City Council Chambers. “Our Award recipients do so much for others without expecting anything in return, so it is nice to acknowledge their achievements in this way,” said Napier Mayor Bill Dalton, who presided over the ceremony.

7 September 2016

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World Health Organisation win for Napier

Napier has been recognised by the World Health Organisation as a leading safe city. Against 82 other entries from 30 cities around the world, Napier took out the 2016 World Health Organization Western Pacific Regional Office Healthy Cities Recognition for Violence and Injury Prevention (Safe Cities).

1 September 2016

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Survey finds Napier really is a great place to live

Napier is a better place to live than it was two or three years ago, according to the majority of residents surveyed in the annual NRB (National Research Bureau) questionnaire. 63% declared Napier a desirable city in which to live, compared with 45% in 2015. It’s the highest satisfaction rating Napier has achieved since the survey began in 1991.

30 August 2016

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Delay to pop-up skate space anticipated

Napier City Council has been advised that a building they hold a license to occupy may have structural issues. The Salvation Army-owned building, on Faraday Street, was requisitioned for use as a pop-up space for skaters, intended to bridge the gap between the closure of SkateZone and the opening of the new Marine Parade skate park scheduled for later this year. The license has been funded by Napier City Council and the Napier Skate Club has been on-site for four weeks preparing to open. However a site visit on Tuesday, 30 August, confirmed that there are potential issues with the building to warrant further investigation.

30 August 2016

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Napier not impacted by water contamination issue

Napier City Council is reassuring people that Napier’s water is safe to drink and use as normal. Napier City Council officers undertook precautionary testing on water bores during the weekend in light of the water contamination crisis in Havelock North. Director Infrastructure, Jon Kingsford, says the precautionary testing was done over and above routine testing.

16 August 2016

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New City Vision pop up space

An often overlooked space tucked between two buildings in the Napier CBD has been transformed into something which should be far more appealing to passersby. The colourfully painted space off Dickens Street was once a service lane but now provides a link for pedestrians right through to the small Station Street reserve and car park beyond.

15 August 2016

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Free WiFi continues to grow in Napier

Napier City Council’s support of free WiFi within the city has proven popular with both residents and visitors. A free public WiFi service was launched in Napier five years ago by local telecommunications company Revolutionz. Council contributed to the implementation costs and provided access to Council assets, such as streetlights, to enable the network.

15 August 2016

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Applications wanted for Together Fund

Have you got an idea to celebrate your neighbourhood’s identity, improve its safety or simply bring people together for a fun event? Applications for Napier City Council’s Together Fund, which is administered in partnership with Napier Neighbourhood Support, close at 4pm Friday 2 September. Groups or organisations can apply for between $100 and $5000. Priority is given to projects that encourage groups of people to get together to work on new projects to improve connectivity within communities and improve the community as a whole. It could be a beautification project, an art installation or events that utilise existing facilities such as parks.

11 August 2016

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Napier Time Bank trading system to be launched in Pirimai

Pirimai Residents Association will officially launch Time Bank in Napier at noon on Sunday 21 August, at Allen Berry Avenue Reserve in Pirimai. Time Bank is a trading system for exchanging skills, knowledge and labour with people in your local community. The currency is time rather than money, so “time credits” are used as payment. One hour of work equals one time credit, no matter what type of work it is, from gardening to childcare, cooking to computer support. It can be managed through an online account or directly through the Time Bank Coordinators.

11 August 2016

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Desperately seeking the Crawford or Bowen families

A mysterious vintage postcard that has made its way to Napier’s i-SITE is needing to be rehomed.

3 August 2016

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Parking app streamlines payments

Napier residents and visitors can now put away their wallets…. and use their mobile phones to pay for parking. Kashin - a phone app that debits from a pre-loaded credit card – is being warmly received by those who have tried out the service. “People love the fact that you can use your phone maps and GPS to find a car park location and pay to park without using coins” says Napier City Council Director City Strategy Richard Munneke. “There’s no need to display a receipt on your car dash, and the app provides reminders about how long you have been parked. You only pay for the time you use.”

2 August 2016

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Civil Defence Hawke's Bay launches app for disaster alerts

Hawke’s Bay residents can now receive official disaster alerts and lifesaving information on their smart phones, as Civil Defence Hawke’s Bay begins alerting through the Red Cross Hazard App.

29 July 2016

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Napier inner city upgrade four weeks ahead of schedule

Good weather and efficient construction have helped speed up the pace of the Napier inner city infrastructure upgrade to the point it is now a month ahead of schedule.

28 July 2016

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A progressive action plan for Napier and Hawke’s Bay

The National Aquarium of New Zealand is set to directly benefit from an “exciting and unprecedented boost”, says Mayor Bill Dalton, following the launch of Matariki - The Hawke’s Bay Regional Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan 2016.

27 July 2016

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Pop-up skate space confirmed for club members

Napier Skating Club members will continue to train and skate recreationally, thanks to a Napier City Council initiative. The Council spent considerable time last month searching for a suitable property at which to house a pop-up skate space, in an effort to bridge the gap between the closure of Sk8 Zone and the opening of the new Napier skate park, scheduled for late 2016.

18 July 2016

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Napier City Council selected for new standards programme

Becoming a Foundation Council for the Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) standards programme gives Napier City Council a chance to show the community how its strategic plans and values shape up against others. LGNZ has selected 21 Foundation Councils to lead the programme in 2016, including Hastings and Wairoa District Councils. Results will be published in 2017. The local government standards system will demonstrate and improve the value and services of councils by measuring qualitative and quantitative indicators across leadership, finance, service delivery and community engagement.

12 July 2016

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Aquarium studies a hit with US students

Two United States university students who have just spent a month at the National Aquarium of New Zealand say the experience has been world-class and they would encourage other students to do the same.

6 July 2016

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Council approves name change for conference centre

The Napier City Council approved changing the name of the Napier War Memorial Conference Centre to the Napier Conference Centre on Wednesday 29 June.

30 June 2016

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Boat ramp soon to be controlled by barrier arm

Upon acquiring ownership of the Nelson Quay Boat Ramp, previously owned by the Hawke’s Bay Sports Fishing Club, Napier City Council has implemented a user-pays system. From 1 August, access to the boat ramp will be controlled by a barrier arm. Access can be made by an annual swipe card pass or by payment by Eftpos/credit card at the entry pedestal on a per entry basis.

30 June 2016

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Coastal hazards - planning for a different climate in HB

“I’ve lived on Hawke’s Bay’s coast for 20 years and love it, but we have a challenge ahead to manage our coastal risks,” says HBRC Engineering Manager Craig Goodier. Craig is a member of the technical team giving his expertise to the Clifton to Tangoio Coastal Hazards Strategy 2120. This multi-council and tāngata whenua project group recently completed its latest phase of work to map hazards, and identify communities and assets at risk along the HB coast.

30 June 2016

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Napier CBD Upgrade - Two weeks ahead of schedule

Stage four of the Napier inner city infrastructure upgrade along Hastings Street has started, two weeks ahead of schedule. The intersection of Tennyson and Hastings Streets will be closed to traffic for some weeks but pedestrian access will be maintained at all times to all businesses.

20 June 2016

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Mayor Dalton makes a call on sporting facility

Mayor Bill Dalton has announced that a decision on whether to progress a proposed new sporting hub to be housed adjacent to the Pettigrew.Green Arena will not be made by current Council. He says this decision comes as a direct result of compelling and ongoing opportunities emerging from the work on the Detailed Business Case currently being prepared by the Council project team.

15 June 2016

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Napier picks up best bike trail award

It’s official – Napier has the best urban cycle trail in the country. That’s according to the members of the public who took part in this year’s Favourite Place to Cycle competition.

10 June 2016

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Napier residents to benefit from Hawke’s Bay Regional Sports Park development

Napier City Council welcomes an announcement made on Friday, 10 June, that AUT Millennium Hawke’s Bay is going to be established at the Hawke’s Bay Regional Sports Park. Deputy Mayor Faye White attended the presentation at which Sir Graeme Avery outlined the development and says she sees tangible benefits for all Hawke’s Bay residents.

10 June 2016

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Sustainable Excellence Realignment Structure proposal shared with staff

Napier City Council staff have today been advised of a proposed new organisation-wide staffing structure that will, Chief Executive Wayne Jack says, move Council’s focus more strongly towards high performance, innovation, responsiveness and better delivery of services to the community.

8 June 2016

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Napier City Councillors try speed dating

Speed dating proved to be an excellent way for Napier City Councillors to get to know their youthful counterparts in a short space of time on Wednesday, June 1. Following a presentation by ZEAL, which runs youth services in Hawke’s Bay and facilitates the Youth Council of Napier (YCON), YCON sat down for 40 seconds’ worth of introductions and idea sharing with each of the Napier councillors present and some staff, including Chief Executive Wayne Jack.

3 June 2016

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Aquarium's new after school programme puts fun spin on science

Why do puffer fish inflate their bodies when threatened? Why do tuatara hold their breath for over an hour? Up to 10 lucky Year 7 and 8 students have the opportunity to find out the answers to these questions, and more, next week when a new free after school programme begins at the National Aquarium of New Zealand.

17 May 2016

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National Aquarium of NZ holds special tour as part of Deaf Week

On Monday the National Aquarium of New Zealand held its first tour specially designed for the Deaf community. Driven by Aquarium Administration and Finance Coordinator Nicola Simpson and Exhibits Team Leader Regan Beckett, it was a unique way to celebrate NZ Sign Language Week, which started today.

10 May 2016

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Fresh air zones are here

The new Smokefree policy in Hastings and Napier is getting the backing of some big guns: Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and Hawke’s Bay District Health Board. The Napier and Hastings councils adopted the policy last year, with the roll-out of signs happening in the first half of this year. Smokefree is the theme for May for GO Bus advertising. Posters reminding bus users that bus stops and shelters should be Smokefree out to a distance of 10m, are also going up.

9 May 2016

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Penguins at National Aquarium form unique bond

Meet Timmy and Tux. They are Little Penguins and best buds. Timmy has spinal injuries and Tux was abandoned as a baby. They met in rehab at the National Aquarium of New Zealand when their chances of survival in the wild were slim to none, now they’re looking at a fulfilling life with 15 other penguins at the Aquarium’s Penguin Cove.

2 May 2016

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Napier CBD infrastructure upgrade recommences in May

The next stage of the Napier CBD infrastructure upgrade, along Hastings Street, is due to get underway in early May. It is the continuation of the project which saw an upgrade of Hastings Street’s underground infrastructure, and the street surface between Albion and Emerson streets last year. The above ground design elements include wider footpaths, a revamped parking layout, new planting and street furniture.

18 April 2016

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Pou lead the way to new path

A celebration of the completion of Te Ara o Nga Tipuna (Pathways of our Ancestors) at Otatara Pa on Thursay, 14 April, also doubled as a launch of a new addition to the Rotary Pathway network. The story of Otatara Pa, depicted by the Turauwha Pou and accompanying story board, is the final instalment of a partnership project between Ngati Paarau and Napier City Council.

14 April 2016

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University of Waikato sets up Napier base

Greater access to tertiary courses in specialist areas such as marine science without having to leave Hawke’s Bay may get a little easier from now on, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Napier City Council and the University of Waikato on Tuesday, 12 April. University of Waikato Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Quigley and Assistant Vice-Chancellor Communications, Marketing and Engagement, David Craig, met with Council Chief Executive Wayne Jack and Napier Mayor Bill Dalton to sign the MOU.

12 April 2016

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New law affects food businesses

A new law for all businesses that sell food comes into effect today. The Food Act 2014 has been designed to modernise food safety in New Zealand for the benefit of businesses and consumers. From today, anyone who starts a business that involves food must follow the new law, from restaurants to dairies, to internet cake sellers. Existing businesses also need to make changes, although they have longer to do so.

1 March 2016

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Smokefree Policy sees dedicated fresh air zones

Fresh air zones are popping up all over Napier and Hastings, after the two councils passed a joint Smokefree Policy in November Hastings District councillor Sandra Hazlehurst said the message is not anti-smoking, rather it is about ensuring people can have access to outdoor areas that are smoke free, particularly children and diners.

11 January 2016

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Napier Night Fiesta kicks off tomorrow

With delicious food, face painting and live entertainment, the first Napier Night Fiesta kicks off tomorrow and is shaping up to be a fun event for the whole family. Starting at 5pm at the Soundshell, it is the first of a series of monthly ‘fiestas’ to be held over the summer months.

19 November 2015

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Japanese sister city delegation visits Napier

Napier is hosting a 37-strong delegation from Tomakomai, Japan, as part of the 35th anniversary celebrations between the two sister cities. Tomorrow at 10am (Friday 13 November) there is an official ceremony at the Napier City Council chambers to formally welcome and acknowledge the long-standing relationship.

12 November 2015

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It's nearly 'Fiesta' time in Napier

Delicious food and fantastic live entertainment are on the menu for the inaugural Napier Night Fiesta on Friday 20 November. Inspired by some of the feedback to the Napier City Council’s evolving City Vision plan, the three hour long Fiesta will be held once a month. The line-up of vendors for the first Fiesta include Pipi Pizza, Paella a go go, Indigo, Berry Tub Icecream and Design Cuisine.

10 November 2015

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Plaque to mark building's history

A plaque highlighting the historical importance of Napier’s first Council building will be officially unveiled on Wednesday, 4 November. The late Art Deco enthusiast and historian Robert McGregor came up with the idea of the plaque for the Borough Council Chambers, on Byron Street and now used by Creative Arts Napier. His daughter is making the trip to Napier especially for the ceremony.

2 November 2015

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NZ flag options flying in Napier

If you are still pondering which way to vote in the upcoming flag referendum, you can see what the five alternative flags being considered look like flying from flagpoles. The Viceroy Hotel on Tennyson Street, Napier, kindly agreed to put up the flags, as Napier City Council did not have any buildings which fit the NZ Flag Consideration Project criteria.

21 October 2015

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Napier Library closed for a month for refurbishment

Taradale Library will be open late on Wednesday nights while Napier Library is closed over the next month, from this Friday, 16 October, for refurbishment. Napier Library will re-open on Monday 16 November following a full re-paint of the ground and first floor levels, and the installation of new carpet made from recycled fishing nets.

15 October 2015

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Napier's abuzz for bees

Napier City Council is helping to encourage some of the world’s smallest but most important winged creatures to take up residency in the city. Along with 29 councils around the country, Napier has set aside a special patch for a “bee friendly” garden. Wildflowers have been gifted by the National Beekeepers Association and planted at the Kennedy Park Rose Garden. While they are not quite at full bloom yet, Horticulture Foreman, Shelley Exeter, is sure they have not gone unnoticed by the garden’s regular bee visitors.

12 October 2015

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NCC, police and wardens concerned for popular reserve

Bad behaviour at the recently upgraded Oldham Avenue Reserve is disappointing, says Napier City Councillor Maxine Boag. The Council recently installed a picnic table and basket swing to enhance the play area and complement the nearby shops.

12 October 2015

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Big Save to sponsor Elite national cycling event

“There’s a growing passion for cycling in New Zealand”, says Lily Salter Director of Big Save Furniture. All ages and stages can participate in cycling, and find a love for it, which is exactly why Big Save have come on board as naming sponsor of the Elite Road National Championships happening in their home town of Napier between 7-10 January 2016.

5 October 2015

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Marine Parade redevelopment starts 2016

The major construction phase of Napier’s iconic Marine Parade redevelopment will begin in the New Year. While construction was due to begin before Christmas, it was decided it would be less disruptive to both tourists and locals over the Christmas-New Year period if the work didn’t begin in earnest until January.

25 September 2015

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Napier Aquatic Centre building requires strengthening

he Ivan Wilson building at the Napier Aquatic Centre requires earthquake strengthening following a recent seismic assessment. The pool will continue to remain open until the strengthening work starts. The Ivan Wilson building’s main structural elements achieved scores of between 25% and 95% of New Building Standards (NBS). The lower 25% rating occurred due to a lack of bracing in the north-south direction. The lowest rating is always taken for the overall score for a building, hence the 25% rating. A building with less than 34% NBS is categorized as earthquake prone.

25 September 2015

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National Aquarium of New Zealand becomes sponsor of Seaweek 2016

The New Zealand Association for Environment Education (NZAEE) welcomes three new supporters for 2016 – the Aquarium- Napier City Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council, and Environment Canterbury Regional Council, all of which provide Regional Seaweek Coordinators.

18 September 2015

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Help keep Napier beautiful

Napier will be looking its best next week thanks to a team of dedicated volunteers who will be cleaning up the Napier coastline as part of Clean Up New Zealand Week, between 14 and 20 September. “Community groups are covering almost the whole Napier coastline, from Awatoto to Bay View,” says Napier City Councillor Maxine Boag, who is also chair of the Keep Napier Beautiful committee.

14 September 2015

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Official Tsunami evacuation zone maps released for Hawke’s Bay

Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management has released official tsunami evacuation zone maps for the Hawke’s Bay’s coastline. The maps show evacuation boundaries based on a variety of hazard models which aim to include all possible flooding from all known tsunami sources, including ‘worst case’ rare scenarios for Hawke’s Bay for tsunami coming from both a very large local earthquake or from across the Pacific Ocean.

3 September 2015

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Sports tournaments good for Bay

Sports tournaments have the potential to bring in millions to Hawke’s Bay, besides showcasing the region’s finer points to visitors. Economic Solutions Ltd analysed the impact of the National Masters Hockey Tournament, which more than 70 teams took part in at Park Island and the Hawke’s Bay Sports Park between 1-7 March this year. Among its key findings were that the combined event operation and visitor spending contribution to Hawke’s Bay’s GDP was $1.34 million.

2 September 2015

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Park Island Hockey Stadium

Hawke's Bay welcomes Jetstar

News Jetstar will be adding Hawke’s Bay to its flight path has been welcomed by the region. David Hall, CEO of Jetstar New Zealand and Australia announced this morning that Hawke’s Bay will be one of Jetstar’s four new regional destinations. Jetstar will commence flying from Napier-Auckland from the beginning of December, offering 27 flights per week. To celebrate the new routes Jetstar is offering special $9 one-way regional launch fares from 9.30am-1.30pm today for travel 1-15 December 2015, 2 February-21 March 2016 and 4 May-29 Jun 2016. Regular one way lead in fares will be $49.

31 August 2015

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NCC takes rates service off-site

Napier City Council staff made their annual trip to Princess Alexandra Retirement Village in Ahuriri yesterday (26 August) to help residents complete their rates rebate applications. The Rates Rebates Scheme was established in the early 1970s by central Government to help low income home owners and ratepayers meet the cost of rates.

27 August 2015

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Iconic fishermen sculpture lit up

Marine Parade’s iconic fishermen sculpture is once again clearly visible at night. The decision to improve the lighting came from a submission to the 2015-2025 Long Term Plan earlier this year.

26 August 2015

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National Aquarium Fishermen Sculpture with Lights

Marine Parade Redevelopment Project

The next stage in the redevelopment of Napier’s iconic Marine Parade will feature a splash park, sculptures, a world-class skating facility and area for outdoor concerts incorporating the former Marineland grandstand. Construction is due to begin in November and is expected to be fully completed by December 2016.

12 August 2015

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Marine Parade Redevelopment Skatepark

Safer Napier wins national award

The Safe Communities Foundation New Zealand Safe Community Award has gone to a Hawke’s Bay person for the second year in a row. The national award recognises outstanding support for the organisation at the regional level and major commitment to the cause by an individual. This year’s winner is Safer Napier Coordinator Liz Lambert, who was presented with the award at the National Forum for Safe Communities earlier this week.

10 August 2015

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Napier City Council rates set

Napier City Council ratepayers will pay an average of 2.9 percent more for rates in the 2015/16 year. An extraordinary council meeting was held yesterday (15 July) to set the rates. A one percent rise equals $18 per average residential ratepayer per year. Individual rate increases or decreases vary depending on circumstances.

16 July 2015

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Meet Napier City Council's canine team

Humans are not the only ones working for the Napier City Council these days. While Harrier hound Lady Venice’s role in the All Ears junior reading programme has been well documented in the past few weeks, there are also four other dogs participating in special programmes run by the NCC Animal Control team.

1 July 2015

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Napier City Council Animal Control team with their canine colleagues.

War Memorial Conference Centre upgrade planned

The War Memorial Conference Centre in Napier will likely close for several months from April 2016. Subject to a final business case and design, Napier City Council decided to bring forward a planned upgrade to allow required earthquake strengthening work to be completed at the same time.

30 June 2015

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Napier adopts its Long Term Plan

Napier will have a major new playground sooner rather than later following the Napier City Council’s formal adoption of its 2015-2025 Long Term Plan (LTP) this afternoon (30 June). One of the major changes from the draft LTP was the Destination Playground’s proposed start date being brought forward to this coming financial year due to the project being one of the most favoured by submitters. The funding for the playground was increased from $1.5m to $2.5m with the additional funding coming from a reduction in funding set aside for property purchases.

30 June 2015

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An example of a Destination Playground in Australia.

Communities aim to combat social isolation for elderly

With social isolation being a real issue for some older people in New Zealand, organisations in Napier have come together to assist individuals and communities work towards solutions. As a result of this collaboration, an online toolkit, Napier Connects, has been developed that offers simple steps for communities to combat social isolation and aims to strengthen the connections senior citizens have with their community.

15 June 2015

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New animal reading programme for Napier kids

A newly developed canine reading programme will have its debut in Napier this month. Called All Ears, it’s aimed at building the confidence of our young readers by having them read aloud to a dog as well as teaching children how to be safe around animals. Overseas studies have shown reading to animals is proven to remove stress and peer pressure often experienced by children who are still learning to read. The Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae and his wife Lady Janine Mateparae will be on hand to see the programme in action when they visit the region.

2 June 2015

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Online payments now available at Napier City Council

Napier City Council is pleased to announce we now offer online payment options for many of our services. Online payments provide a quick easy option to pay the following with your credit card:

26 May 2015

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Upgrade and strengthening planned for Napier's War Memorial Conference Centre

Napier City Council is looking to bring forward its planned refurbishment of the War Memorial Conference Centre in order to combine it with required earthquake strengthening. While an earthquake assessment of the building is still being completed, early indications are that work will need to be done to bring it up to current national building standards.

20 May 2015

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New record set for Council submissions

A new record has been set for the number of submissions to a Napier City Council Long Term Plan. By the close of submissions at noon on Wednesday, 13 February, more than 640 submissions to the Council’s 2015-2025 Long Term Plan (LTP) had been received. Of those, 68 percent were submitted online. The total far outstripped the number of submissions received on Council plans in the past six years, a time period which included consultation for two LTP and four annual plans, including the years when Marineland’s future was being discussed.

13 May 2015

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MTG winner in 2015 Museum Awards

MTG Hawke’s Bay has become a winner in the New Zealand Museum Awards for the second year in a row. The exhibition Dr Felkin and the Forerunners, which examined a unique part of Hawke’s Bay’s social history, took out the top award for best exhibition under $20,000. The award was announced last Thursday at the 8th annual New Zealand Museum Awards at Toitū Otago Settlers Museum in Dunedin. “We are delighted to receive this award which is a recognition from our sector and peers that MTG is delivering relevant and engaging exhibitions,” said MTG Hawke’s Bay director Laura Vodanovich.

11 May 2015

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MTG Hawkes Bay Exterior Building

WW1 Commemoration - Events

Significant milestones from World War I are being commemorated throughout New Zealand, right through to the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day on November 11 2018. At the Napier City Council we are supporting people hosting local events, particularly that of the Napier and Taradale Returned Services Associations. We will list Napier WWI commemoration events on our website until 2018, and what sites to visit for further information.

16 April 2015

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WW1 Commemorations Memorial Square

Rates by email moves up a gear

Napier City Council ratepayers who receive their rates notices by post are being encouraged to sign up to receive rates notices by email. Email service was initially introduced by the Napier City Council four years ago for property owners living overseas or outside the region and has grown steadily in response to customer demand. Hawke’s Bay’s Councils – Napier, Hastings, Central Hawke’s Bay, Wairoa and Hawke’s Bay Regional Council – have been working on a new initiative, instigated by the Regional Council as part of their development of an email service for their annual rates. Partnering with local councils offers the opportunity to increase the uptake of the ‘rates by email’ service across the region, via a single application process for ratepayers.

30 March 2015

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Napier team counting down to 2015 Children's Games

Twelve lucky youngsters have been selected to represent Napier at the 49th annual International Children’s Games this June in The Netherlands. The eight footballers and four swimmers aged between 12 and 15, their friends, families and supporters including the Napier City Council are hard at work right now fundraising to help get to the Games, which is being held between 24-29 June in Alkmaar, The Netherlands.

27 March 2015

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Marineland seals farewell Napier

The three remaining Marineland seals will leave Napier for their new homes on Tuesday. New Zealand fur seals Molly, Mr Bo and Pania will go to zoos in Australia. It will be the end of an era for the facility, but Tourism Services manager Neil Fergus said they are going to fantastic zoos and will be well looked after. Molly and Mr Bo are going to Sea World on the Gold Coast, and Pania to Melbourne Zoo.

18 March 2015

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Shared service success for Hawke's Bay

The latest cost-savings from regional shared services group ‘HB LASS’ show such groups are the way of the future for councils, says HB LASS director Wayne Jack. It was announced today that a partnership between 25 councils on insurance premiums has led to more than $3 million worth of savings for ratepayers across Hawke’s Bay, Bay of Plenty, the Horizons Region and the West Coast.

13 March 2015

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Napier Aerial Roads and Streets

Pop-up spaces inject sense of fun

A new ‘chill-out’ space in Market St is already proving to be a hit with passers-by. Featuring bean bags, free wifi, performance spaces and more – the area, dubbed ‘Urban Oasis’ are part of a new Napier City Council initiative. Another similar space will open in Lower Emerson Street at the end of the week.

26 February 2015

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Australian NRL teams head to Napier's McLean Park

Napier’s McLean Park is expecting a big crowd after confirmation the Melbourne Storm will host a ‘home’ game against St George Illawarra at the iconic ground. Melbourne Storm has today announced that it will play the NRL Premiership game at McLean Park on 25 July.

26 February 2015

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Wheels of history

The machinery may have changed but Sir Douglas Maclean, from one of Hawke’s Bay’s founding families, would likely have felt right at home among today’s adventurous cyclists. The 144-year-old Penny Farthing that Sir Douglas once rode on a gruelling six-day trip from Wellington to Napier is on display in the MTG Century Theatre foyer.

29 January 2015

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Ex-Marineland seal Dakota dies

A seal from Napier’s Marineland, who was recently rehomed at Sea World on the Gold Coast, died the afternoon of 9th January in Australia. Dakota, a Californian sea lion, has been in Australia since 10 December. While the cause of her death is unknown, she has been unwell for a few weeks. A vet from Sea World will perform an autopsy tomorrow (10 January).

12 January 2015

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Artistic touch to be added to bus terminus

Renowned Napier portrait and landscape artist Freeman White will use his artistic expertise to transform the Clive Square Bus Terminus building. He will begin working on Art Deco themed murals to decorate the building during January 2015, following the Napier City Council approving Freeman’s designs at the full council meeting held on 17 December.

18 December 2014

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Freeman White self portrait

First step taken towards Maraenui revitalisation

The Maraenui Suburban Revitalisation Project officially got underway on the 16 December with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together signed by community, business and government organisations, including the Napier City Council. The project partnership was formed in response to Housing New Zealand’s announcement in 2011 to rid itself of buildings it no longer needed, or that had become uninhabitable in Maraenui.

17 December 2014

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Maraenui Skate Park 2014

The Faraday Centre has a new website

Hawke's Bay's Museum of Technology, the Faraday Centre has launched a new website. Located on Faraday Street in Napier, this treasure chest of times gone by appeals to young and old alike. Take the time to visit both the new website ( and the museum over the summer holidays.

16 December 2014

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Civic Award recipients announced

Red Cross and Civil Defence are just two of the organisations which have benefited from the voluntary hours put in by the recipients of the 2014 Napier City Council Citizens Civic Awards. Peter Ball, Kath Meek, Chieko Dietz, Denise Coulam and Margaret McKibbin were officially recognized for their community service at a special ceremony on the evening of 15 December.

16 December 2014

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Napier to host major national cycling event

BikeNZ has announced that Napier has won the rights to hold the Elite & U23 Road National Cycling Championships for three years from 2016. Napier Mayor Bill Dalton said securing New Zealand’s premiere bike race for three years from 2016 was a “huge coup”.

11 December 2014

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Share your ideas for Napier's future

The Napier City Council kicked off the first phase of its public consultation for its Long Term Plan on 10 December with a multi-pronged approach aimed at gathering as many ideas from the public as possible. The formal consultation period will be held over a four week period in April and May, after which submissions will be considered at hearings. The Council will adopt its 2015-2025 Long Term Plan in early June.

10 December 2014

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