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Napier Inner City Upgrade

Hastings Street is part of a CBD infrastructure upgrade. Planning Started: 2010
Construction Started: June 2012
Completed: Stage 1 completed November 2012, Stage 2 completed November 2015; Stage 3-6 due for completion October 2016

Current works

This year’s focus is the upgrade of the stormwater network, in lower Shakespeare Road leading to the northern end of Hastings Street.

The stormwater work is necessary to further reduce the Napier Central Business District’s flooding risk, while the traffic calming measures are being installed to improve safety. Some beautification of the streetscape will also be carried out.

Pedestrians, drivers and cyclists will still be able to travel through this section of town, with access temporarily modified at times as the work progresses.

This work is expected to be finished by October.


Infrastructure (drinking water, wastewater, stormwater) has been progressively upgraded in stages in the Napier CBD over the past few years, with above ground modification and beautification of the pedestrian areas taking place as needed.

Napier City Council committed to funding a CBD-wide solution years ago, but the scale and cost of these planned works means they are taking place over many years.

To date stormwater pipelines have been laid in Hastings Street between the Vautier Street and Emerson Street intersections, and from the Hastings Street-Tennyson Street intersection to the viewing (outfall) new outfall platform. The full benefit of this work will not be realised until further pipelines have been laid and connected to the new outfall.

The Hastings Street upgrade, and future work such as a lighting and paving beautification project planned for the Shakespeare Road end of Hastings Street and Tennyson Street in 2018, along with traffic calming measures in lower Shakespeare Road create a more pedestrian-friendly environment for shoppers and visitors in downtown Napier, continuing a trend that has encouraged through traffic away from inner city streets.

Design elements are similar to those used in upgrading Dickens Street and were chosen to enhance the city’s distinctive architectural features. They include wider footpaths, tree planting, raised pedestrian plinths for crossing the road and a combination of parallel and angle parking.

Traffic priorities at the Vautier Street-Hastings Street intersection were changed to encourage motorists to use routes that skirt the increasingly pedestrian-orientated downtown area.

Stage one and two introduced exposed aggregate footpaths and asphalt roadways to the sections of Hastings Street laid between Vautier Street and Emerson Street. Stormwater were also carried out at the Hastings/Tennyson Street intersection in stage four.

In 2016 stormwater work was also completed in the Hastings Street-Browning Street area.

We are mindful of the disruption caused to businesses and the public associated with work of this nature, particularly within the CBD and as such works will be staged in a way to cause the least impact possible.

Stage one Albion Street to just past Dickens Street Yes
Stage two Dickens Street to Emerson Street Yes
Stage three Emerson Street to Tennyson Street Yes
Stage four Tennyson Street/Hastings Street intersection Yes
Stage five Tennyson Street to Cathedral Lane (stormwater upgrade) No
Stage six Hastings Street to Browning Street (stormwater only) Yes
Stage six Hastings Street upgrade (between Tennyson Street to Shakespeare Road) No
Stage seven Shakespeare Road


Napier Inner City Upgrade Images

Stages 1 - 7 of the Napier inner city upgrade. The first stage of the Hastings Street redevelopment takes shape. Aerial View of the first stage of the Hastings Street redevelopment on 12 July 2012. First stage of the Hastings Street redevelopment takes shape. Hastings Street redevelopment - Car parking on temporary seal in Hastings Street. Hastings Street redevelopment nearing completion. Hastings Street redevelopment nearing completion. Hastings Street redevelopment Stage 1 Completed.

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