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Moa bones to go on display

A donation of moa bones, including the pelvis and femur of a North Island giant moa, are about to go on permanent display at the National Aquarium.

22 September 2017

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Ramping up roller sports at Bay Skate

Modular ramps that can be swiftly rearranged and reconfigured give Bay Skaters an exciting new challenge.

22 September 2017

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Representation Review

Every six years we need to review the Council’s make-up. Should we have ward councillors, at large councillors or a mix of both, and how many councillors should we have?

21 September 2017

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BLACKCAPS match to move from McLean Park

Delays with McLean Park's new turf has seen the scheduled Feb 28 ODI against England moved to Mt Maunganui.

20 September 2017

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Temporary Road Closures - Vautier St (between Hastings St and Marine Parade)

Pursuant to the Tenth Schedule of the Local Government Act 1974, Section 342, notice is hereby given that the Napier City Council will close Vautier Street from Hastings Street to Marine Parade on Friday, 15 September 2017, 3.00pm through to Saturday, 11 November 2017, 6.00pm.

18 September 2017

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Thirty-six projects presented in draft Ahuriri Estuary plan

Napier City Council has helped develop a draft masterplan for the Ahuriri Estuary. We'd like to know what you think.

18 September 2017

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City library will move to MTG

Napier's library to be temporarily relocated at MTG as investigations into seismic strengthening continue.

13 September 2017

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NCC asks ‘What’s best for Napier?’

NCC is to ask the Napier community for its views on the future of the Council's earthquake-prone

13 September 2017

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From works of art to the written word

New Napier Libraries Manager, Darran Gillies, wants to bring knowledge, ideas and imagination to the city's readers.

12 September 2017

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Emergency Alert Systems Test - Sunday 24 September

Napier's 17 emergency sirens will be tested on Sun 24 September, backed up by civil defence volunteers using car-mounted 'stinger alarms'.

12 September 2017

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Kennedy Park a high achiever for Napier

A stellar few weeks for Kennedy Park sees manager David Aflallo elected president of Holiday Accommodation Parks of NZ.

8 September 2017

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HB Tourism Awards

Council reappoints Wayne Jack

Napier City Council Chief Executive Wayne Jack reappointed for a further term.

8 September 2017

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Napier Citizens’ Civic Award recipients for 2017 named

Four community stalwarts were named as our Civic Award recipients for 2017.

7 September 2017

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Clarification of Napier Aquatic Centre expansion project figure

The cost of the Ivan Wilson Expansion, the first option of the three mooted for the Napier Aquatic Centre Expansion, has been revised downwards to $12 per household a year.

4 September 2017

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Tons of paper files to be digitised in Council project

Napier City Council to digitise 29,000 property files in Project Papercut

4 September 2017

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Temporary Road Closures - Ford Road and Austin Street intersection

Ford Road and Austin Street intersections will be closed on from 6am on Saturday 9 September to 6pm on Sunday 10 September.

31 August 2017

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Chlorine-free tap to be relocated

A new chlorine-free tap is being installed at the Tareha Recreational Reserve,This replaces the current tap at Pettigrew Green Arena.

30 August 2017

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Safety drives changes on Kennedy Road

New signals at the Maadi Rd-Wycliffe St-Kennedy Rd intersection, scheduled to be finished in late November, will increase safety for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.

25 August 2017

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New loos, pretty views

A new toilet and shower block, similar in appearance to Ahururi's Spriggs Park Pavilion, is to be built at Pandora Pond.

25 August 2017

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Work begins on Marine Parade traffic calming

With work underway on the Marine Parade traffic calming project, Napier City Council wants public feedback to ensure the changes work out as intended.

25 August 2017

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Plans unveiled for "unforgettable" National Aquarium

Napier City Council share details of a planned expansion of the National Aquarium of New Zealand.

24 August 2017

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Three options for Napier Aquatic Centre released in detail

Napier City Council seek public feedback on three options for its proposed Aquatic Centre expansion.

21 August 2017

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New walking tours on Marine Parade

The National Aquarium's Jake Brookie and Brenda Gunn will host three guided tours along Napier's Marine Parade .

17 August 2017

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The America’s Cup is now Hawke’s Bay’s Cup!

The America's Cup is to travel to Napier on Wednesday 11 October

16 August 2017

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Feedback sought on Joint Alcohol Strategy

Napier and Hastings councils seek community feedback on their updated Joint Alcohol Strategy

15 August 2017

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Family Fun Day to celebrate Marine Parade

With finishing touches going up around the new Marine Parade Reef Garden over the next couple of weeks, Napier City Council has today announced details of a Family Fun Day to officially reopen the Hawke’s Bay icon.

12 August 2017

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Helping Hands working well for those who need it most

The Helping Hands campaign led by Napier City Council is showing good results for local support agencies working with rough sleepers and addiction issues. They say they are seeing a positive flow-on effect.

12 August 2017

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Environmental mitigation underway for Watchman Road project

Road construction to work around the Ahuriri Estuary and Westshore Wildlife Reserve

10 August 2017

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Special sounds at MTG

Students of Project Prima Volta to perform half hour lunchtime concerts at MTG Hawke's Bay

9 August 2017

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MTG Hawke’s Bay finalists in Designers Institute of NZ Best Design Awards & Resene Total Colour Awards

MTG Hawke’s Bay a finalist in two awards, covering three of its current exhibitions.

9 August 2017

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Multi-Use Sports Facility ‘off the table’

The proposed Multi-Use Sports Facility proposal has been taken off the table.

8 August 2017

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Wanted: community feedback on electoral systems

Hawke's Bay residents asked for feedback on two different electoral systems - FPP and STV.

3 August 2017

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Doris designer announced

Designer David Trubridge wins Perform Point sculpture commission

3 August 2017

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WHO official hosted by Safer Napier

World Health Organisation official, Jonathon Passmore, hails the success of the award-winning Safer Napier programme.

26 July 2017

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“Safety first” as chlorination continues

Napier City Council, in consultation with the Hawke's Bay District Health Board, is to continue chlorinating its water supply for at least three more months.

26 July 2017

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City Vision wins LGNZ Excellence Award

Napier City Council's City Vision – Small City, Big Ideas project has won the Creative New Zealand EXCELLENCE Award for Best Creative Place at the 2017 LGNZ conference

25 July 2017

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Local government elects new President

Dave Cull, Mayor of Dunedin, has been elected Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) President at the 2017 LGNZ Conference.

25 July 2017

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Very happy birthday for GTGH

More than 220 Hawke's Bay business owners have signed up as Great Things Grow Here™ (GTGH) brand champions in the past year.

20 July 2017

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Seeking feedback on war memorial options

Three site options for the war memorial (comprising the Roll of Honour and the Eternal Flame), have been released for feedback by the working party tasked with the project of rehoming them. The Napier community is being invited to feed back on the three options. Each option is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

19 July 2017

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Napier City Council office move “complex and challenging”

Napier City Council staff have today been briefed on progress related to their planned office building move. Detailed seismic assessments carried out by Strata Group were presented to Council on 21 June 2017 - the Civic Administration Building was found to meet 10% of NBS (New Building Standards) and the Library Building was rated 15% of NBS. The reports were commissioned ahead of a planned $7 million refurbishment of the office buildings, detailed in the Long Term Plan 2015-25.

14 July 2017

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Aug-Sept Road Closures for stormwater main upgrade

Pursuant to the Tenth Schedule of the Local Government Act 1974, Section 342, notice is hereby given that the Napier City Council will close the following roads on the dates and times shown. The closures are for a stormwater main upgrade. Tuesday, 1 August 2017 to Saturday 30 September 2017 Shakespeare Road between Browning Street and Madeira Road for all uphill traffic. Hastings Street between Tennyson and Browning Street for all north-bound traffic. Tuesday, 1 August 2017 – Saturday 19 August 2017 Cathedral Lane between Tennyson and Browning Street. Residents and business will have access.

11 July 2017

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New roundabout for busy Onekawa intersection

A new roundabout is going to be built at the intersection of Ford Road and Austin Street in industrial Onekawa, Napier. The intersection is one of the busiest in the area and rising traffic movements associated with commercial activity has heightened the risk of accidents.

7 July 2017

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Time for Napier to Say It!

Napier has a new website for community engagement. Say It Napier!, which has launched this week, is an innovative, interactive website for residents and ratepayers to engage with Napier City Council. It will be used to support a range of community engagement, with the first project being an open invitation to the public to submit their ideas for consideration as part of the Long Term Plan 2018-2028 process.

5 July 2017

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Traffic calming project set for Parade

Marine Parade has long been Napier’s premier waterfront attraction, from the time Victorian-era ladies and gentlemen paraded in their finery, through both World Wars, and the resurrection of a new city following the earthquake.

30 June 2017

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Rates increase will fund water improvements

An increase in Napier City Council rates will help to accelerate improvements to Napier’s drinking water network, says Mayor Bill Dalton. Five drinking water transgressions so far this year have motivated Council to invest in a new programme of work that will see an accompanying average rates rise of 4.9% in 2017/18. NCC passed the resolution to increase its rates during the adoption of its Annual Plan on 28 June.

29 June 2017

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Detailed seismic assessments returned to Council

Napier City Council staff are considering the implications of the outcome of Detailed Seismic Assessments carried out on the Library and Civic Administration Buildings. The review, presented to NCC this week, has found that both buildings have structural deficiencies of varying degrees. The Civic Building – which houses the Council chambers, Mayor’s office, Chief Executive’s office, and a number of staff from the Corporate Support and City Strategy directorates – has been found to contain generic shortcomings throughout the building. “The building is unlikely to be fixed or refurbished – even on a temporary basis,” says CE Wayne Jack.

21 June 2017

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Bystanders campaign launched in Napier

Keeping victims of violence safe is something we can all aspire to, says Monique Heke. Monique has been something of a foodie celebrity since featuring with husband Henry in My Kitchen Rules in 2015, and in their own series, Tradition on a Plate, which recently screened on Maori Television.

26 May 2017

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Water chlorination in Napier - Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about the chlorination of Napier's water supply.

24 May 2017

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Immediate chlorination of Napier water

Chlorination of Napier City’s water supply will commence tomorrow morning (Wednesday 24 May) at 8am after a positive e.coli reading was returned late today.

23 May 2017

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New attendance record set at Bay Skate

The occasional rainy day isn’t stopping Bay Skate from continuing to increase its attendance figures month on month. During April Bay Skate had 3340 riders and rollers through its doors, surpassing its daily attendance record four times and well above January’s total of 3000.

16 May 2017

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MTG Hawke's Bay tour finalist in National Awards

MTG Hawke’s Bay’s popular tours of the Napier Hill Cemetery have been selected as a finalist in the Visitor Experience category in the prestigious Service IQ New Zealand Museum Awards.

5 May 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.

3 May 2017

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Napier Pound cleared of all allegations brought by Watchdog

A full investigation into activity at the Napier Pound, after allegations of animal cruelty were levelled at the facility by the lobby group Watchdog, has found “insufficient or no evidence” that any Napier Animal Control Officers breached the Animal Welfare Act.

28 April 2017

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Council on track after realignment

Findings from a service delivery survey, conducted for the second consecutive year to gauge customer satisfaction, have been welcomed by Napier City Council.

25 April 2017

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Cycling increase in Napier

The latest statistics are in and it’s official – Napier’s pathways are increasingly popular with cycling commuters.

13 April 2017

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There will be more cycleways in Napier thanks to a major funding boost from central Government.

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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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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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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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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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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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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