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New to NapierE hou ana ki Ahuriri

If you’re new to Napier there’s a lot to learn about your new city. You might need to find a doctor, the nearest supermarket, or maybe you just want to meet people. This section will help you get started and the ‘Newcomers Guide’ download is full of practical information.

New to Napier

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If you are new to Napier from elsewhere in New Zealand or from another country, there is a lot to learn about your new city. You might need to find a doctor, where the nearest supermarket is, or maybe you want to get to know people.

Face to Face Assistance

If you've moved from another country and would like to talk to someone who can help you with questions about pretty much everything, then visit Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB). It's a free service ran by volunteers with expertise across a range of areas - if they don't know the answer themselves, they'll be able to point you in the right direction.

Newcomers Lunch Group Hawke's Bay

If you'd like to meet other people who have moved to the Bay, then pop along to the Newcomers Lunch Group. The Group, who organise lunches every second Wednesday, have been bringing together new Napierites for several years now.

Top Tips for Settling in Napier, Hawke's Bay.

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Mayor's Message

Welcome to Napier City and Hastings District.

You have made the choice to move to a new country, a new culture and a new home. This shift is a huge step and we aim to make the change as easy as possible for you.

Knowing what services Central Government can provide in housing, income assistance and other initiatives related to you is just the first step. Napier City and Hastings District want to give you every assistance to settle into your new life and to provide all the information you need. Connecting with one person who can package all this up for you is important and that's where Settlement Support Hawke's Bay will help.

Hawke's Bay is large enough to have a vibrant, energetic community and small enough to care. We hope you enjoy our cities, take part in our community celebrations and settle happily in our country.



Welcome to Hawke's Bay. The mana whenua have lived here since time immemorial.

There are many hapu throughout the region. They are the guardians of the land, the water, the sea, the forests, the flora and fauna. You may work with mana whenua to enjoy the environment and the community in a sustainable way.

There will be many opportunities for you to attend hui, festivals and arts events to meet whanau and hapu in informal and formal settings.

Please feel free to make contact for any advice about how you may meet hapu and visit marae.

Kanui nga mihi ki a koutou me arohanui, na

Marama Laurenson
Strategic Advisor Culture and Heritage


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