The Napier War Memorial Hall was designed by Guy Natusch and was opened in Marine Parade on 14 July 1957. The stylish and innovative building incorporated a conference hall and restaurant, a Roll of Honour with a Perpetual Flame, fountain and pond. The facility has been altered on a number of occasions, firstly in 1978, then again in 1995 and most recently in 2017. The 2017 refurbishment transformed the Napier War Memorial Centre into a state-of-the-art conferencing facility for Hawke's Bay. As a result of the upgrade, both the Roll of Honour and Perpetual Flame were removed.
In November 2019, Napier City Council formed a reference group to help restore the Napier War Memorial. The reference group includes members from the Napier and Taradale RSA's, Historic Places Hawke's Bay, community representatives and Napier City Council.
In March 2021, the War Memorial Reference Group agreed to the restoration concept drawings. The approved drawings were presented to the community on 22 March 2021 before being formally adopted by Council.
It is being restored and it will be returned to the site, at a different location, at the appropriate time.
It was constructed before the Napier War Memorial Centre and can be a stand-alone feature, however it has always been associated with the War Memorial Centre, so Council would like to keep it as such through the design process.
The site is surrounded by a fence for health and safety reasons, while the work is underway, and will stay there until the project is almost finished.
The contractor is completing the first of the physical works before Christmas 2022.
We would like it to be completed by March 2023. However, as with many projects planned since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, it may be impacted by unforeseen delays. High demand on the construction sector, and supply issues are two major factors currently impacting projects in Hawke’s Bay and throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.
Napier War Memorial Concept Design Fly-through
Stage 1 demolition and site levelling complete
Stage 2 foundations and underground services to be completed December 2022
14 December 2022
2 December 2022
View how we are progressing on the Napier War Memorial restoration project by viewing our video update below.
The Perpetual Flame, Roll of Honour and Floral Clock are all being cared for off-site. The Roll of Honour is being cleaned and restored, and the clock mechanism is being completely refurbished by expert horologists in Taupō. The next step for the site itself is pouring of the base for the lower pond.
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