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Napier/Ahuriri Heritage StrategyTe mahere taonga tuku iho o Ahuriri

We're developing a new Heritage Strategy for the city. With input and direction from our community, we want to look at our heritage in a holisitic way, rather than the ad hoc fiddling of past years. This project is on hold.

Napier’s art deco architecture is a drawcard for visitors from all around the world. The city's rebirth as an American-inspired and progressive town with a cohesive art deco style sets it apart from any other New Zealand city, and with its Māori-inspired decorative motifs, is unique in the world. It's a uniqueness to be treasured and celebrated. But Napier’s story is rich, and our sense of identity is born from the tales of this land, its events, and its people from before ‘man’ set foot upon it through to present day.

The Heritage Strategy will identify what we as a community value, what we will set out to achieve, what actions are needed to achieve them, by whom and when. It’s a chance to look at heritage in a holistic way, and to look at all the ways that we can achieve our goals, rather than making minor adjustments in an ad hoc fashion.

A Reference Group has been established to help guide Council through the process. As representatives of key stakeholders they are able to feed information from the Strategy process to their communities and likewise provide input from their communities into the Strategy process. The Reference Group is made up of:

  • Piri Prentice, Napier City Council Kaumātua and Chair of NCC Māori Consultative Committee
  • Shane Gorst, General Manager Art Deco Trust
  • Barbara Arnott, Historic Places Hawke’s Bay
  • Tony Jeffery, NCC Councillor and CBD building owner

There will be plenty of opportunity to provide input into the Strategy, with a stakeholder symposium, wānanga and one-on-one meetings planned. The Draft Strategy will also be open for public comment before being adopted by Council.


This project is on hold. 


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