This page includes some of the key news items that have featured in the Latest News section.
Update on Winter weather in Hawke’s Bay
An operation is underway to rescue around a dozen motorists who have got their vehicles stuck on State Highway 5 between Napier and Taupo. The highway remains closed until further notice due to heavy snow and ice.
13 July 2017
SeaWalls Murals for Oceans Festival 19 - 26 March
Napier City Council, in partnership with the PangeaSeed Foundation and Alternative Arts Initiative are excited to announce it is bringing Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans back to Napier between March 19 and 26 with a fresh line up of 20 extraordinary contemporary international muralists.
20 March 2017
Penguins can't fly - or can they?
Three penguins from the National Aquarium of New Zealand have today done something other penguins can’t – fly. The three – two females (Pippa and Miley) plus a yet-to-be-named male – have been transported down to Christchurch’s International Antarctic Centre because Napier’s facility is too full.
7 March 2017
The Easy Riders to entertain at The Big Easy
This Easter Saturday, April 15, hundreds of riders are expected to saddle up for the fifth annual Big Easy cycle ride on the Hawke’s Bay Trails wrapping up with a concert at Church Road Winery where ‘The Easy Riders’, featuring Jackie Clarke, Annie Crummer, Suzanne Lynch and Rikki Morris, are set to take the stage and help celebrate The Big Easy’s fifth birthday.
6 March 2017
Napier water restrictions lifted
Napier residents are being urged to water wisely and save water where they can, now that Napier City Council has lifted level two water restrictions. The city’s water reservoirs are in good shape, but summer isn’t over yet so Council would like people to remember to take heed of any water saving tips they come across, including the top tap tips Council is encouraging people to follow via social media.
14 February 2017
Bay Skate to bring wheel sports together
Months in the making, Napier’s new-look skate park throws open the doors on Saturday 17th December, 2016. It’s been named Bay Skate, and comes complete with a striking new logo, new layout and plenty of exciting new features. The park is loosely divided into three section – a bowl area, a rink, and a ramp space (still in development) which can be used for free skating until the ramps are completed.
6 December 2016
Napier skate park opening soon
Napier City Council is looking forward to revealing the new Napier Skate Park to the public before Christmas. A free Open Day is being held at the park on Marine Parade on Saturday 17 December. Brand new ramps are currently being built, with the ramps formerly used at SkateZone to be returned to the Napier Skating Club.
3 November 2016
Get cranked for the Summer Cycling Carnival 2017
Six exciting family friendly events are set to attract thousands to the second annual Hawke’s Bay Summer Cycling Carnival to be held in Napier in January.
12 October 2016
Napier Local Body Election in-progress results
In-progress results announced on Saturday, 8 October, indicate that the highest polling candidates in the election of Napier City Council for 2016-19 are as follows: In alphabetical order, the six highest polling candidates for At Large are Claire Hague, Tony Jeffrey, Richard McGrath, Keith Price, Faye White and Kirsten Wise, the highest polling candidate for Ahuriri Ward is Larry Dallimore, the two highest polling candidates for Nelson Park Ward are Maxine Boag and Api Tapine and the two highest polling candidates for Taradale Ward are Graeme Taylor and Tania Wright.
8 October 2016
Delay to pop-up skate space anticipated
Napier City Council has been advised that a building they hold a license to occupy may have structural issues. The Salvation Army-owned building, on Faraday Street, was requisitioned for use as a pop-up space for skaters, intended to bridge the gap between the closure of SkateZone and the opening of the new Marine Parade skate park scheduled for later this year. The license has been funded by Napier City Council and the Napier Skate Club has been on-site for four weeks preparing to open. However a site visit on Tuesday, 30 August, confirmed that there are potential issues with the building to warrant further investigation.
30 August 2016
New City Vision pop up space
An often overlooked space tucked between two buildings in the Napier CBD has been transformed into something which should be far more appealing to passersby. The colourfully painted space off Dickens Street was once a service lane but now provides a link for pedestrians right through to the small Station Street reserve and car park beyond.
15 August 2016
Applications wanted for Together Fund
Have you got an idea to celebrate your neighbourhood’s identity, improve its safety or simply bring people together for a fun event? Applications for Napier City Council’s Together Fund, which is administered in partnership with Napier Neighbourhood Support, close at 4pm Friday 2 September. Groups or organisations can apply for between $100 and $5000. Priority is given to projects that encourage groups of people to get together to work on new projects to improve connectivity within communities and improve the community as a whole. It could be a beautification project, an art installation or events that utilise existing facilities such as parks.
11 August 2016
Pop-up skate space confirmed for club members
Napier Skating Club members will continue to train and skate recreationally, thanks to a Napier City Council initiative. The Council spent considerable time last month searching for a suitable property at which to house a pop-up skate space, in an effort to bridge the gap between the closure of Sk8 Zone and the opening of the new Napier skate park, scheduled for late 2016.
18 July 2016
National Aquarium helps lost turtle after big swim
A rare olive ridley turtle spent last night at the National Aquarium of New Zealand before being transported to Auckland Zoo for further treatment.
13 July 2016
Aquarium studies a hit with US students
Two United States university students who have just spent a month at the National Aquarium of New Zealand say the experience has been world-class and they would encourage other students to do the same.
6 July 2016
Council approves name change for conference centre
The Napier City Council approved changing the name of the Napier War Memorial Conference Centre to the Napier Conference Centre on Wednesday 29 June.
30 June 2016
Coastal hazards - planning for a different climate in HB
“I’ve lived on Hawke’s Bay’s coast for 20 years and love it, but we have a challenge ahead to manage our coastal risks,” says HBRC Engineering Manager Craig Goodier. Craig is a member of the technical team giving his expertise to the Clifton to Tangoio Coastal Hazards Strategy 2120. This multi-council and tāngata whenua project group recently completed its latest phase of work to map hazards, and identify communities and assets at risk along the HB coast.
30 June 2016
Napier CBD Upgrade - Two weeks ahead of schedule
Stage four of the Napier inner city infrastructure upgrade along Hastings Street has started, two weeks ahead of schedule. The intersection of Tennyson and Hastings Streets will be closed to traffic for some weeks but pedestrian access will be maintained at all times to all businesses.
20 June 2016
Our coast and its future
Hawke’s Bay’s coastline is one of its defining features and three of the region’s councils are working together to meet future challenges. Late last year, a Joint Committee was established with elected members from the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, Hastings District Council, Napier City Council and groups representing mana whenua and tangata whenua to develop a coastal hazards strategy.
15 June 2016
Mayor Dalton makes a call on sporting facility
Mayor Bill Dalton has announced that a decision on whether to progress a proposed new sporting hub to be housed adjacent to the Pettigrew.Green Arena will not be made by current Council. He says this decision comes as a direct result of compelling and ongoing opportunities emerging from the work on the Detailed Business Case currently being prepared by the Council project team.
15 June 2016
Napier picks up best bike trail award
It’s official – Napier has the best urban cycle trail in the country. That’s according to the members of the public who took part in this year’s Favourite Place to Cycle competition.
10 June 2016
Napier residents to benefit from Hawke’s Bay Regional Sports Park development
Napier City Council welcomes an announcement made on Friday, 10 June, that AUT Millennium Hawke’s Bay is going to be established at the Hawke’s Bay Regional Sports Park. Deputy Mayor Faye White attended the presentation at which Sir Graeme Avery outlined the development and says she sees tangible benefits for all Hawke’s Bay residents.
10 June 2016
Sustainable Excellence Realignment Structure proposal shared with staff
Napier City Council staff have today been advised of a proposed new organisation-wide staffing structure that will, Chief Executive Wayne Jack says, move Council’s focus more strongly towards high performance, innovation, responsiveness and better delivery of services to the community.
8 June 2016
Napier City Councillors try speed dating
Speed dating proved to be an excellent way for Napier City Councillors to get to know their youthful counterparts in a short space of time on Wednesday, June 1. Following a presentation by ZEAL, which runs youth services in Hawke’s Bay and facilitates the Youth Council of Napier (YCON), YCON sat down for 40 seconds’ worth of introductions and idea sharing with each of the Napier councillors present and some staff, including Chief Executive Wayne Jack.
3 June 2016
Aquarium's new after school programme puts fun spin on science
Why do puffer fish inflate their bodies when threatened? Why do tuatara hold their breath for over an hour? Up to 10 lucky Year 7 and 8 students have the opportunity to find out the answers to these questions, and more, next week when a new free after school programme begins at the National Aquarium of New Zealand.
17 May 2016
National Aquarium of NZ holds special tour as part of Deaf Week
On Monday the National Aquarium of New Zealand held its first tour specially designed for the Deaf community. Driven by Aquarium Administration and Finance Coordinator Nicola Simpson and Exhibits Team Leader Regan Beckett, it was a unique way to celebrate NZ Sign Language Week, which started today.
10 May 2016
Fresh air zones are here
The new Smokefree policy in Hastings and Napier is getting the backing of some big guns: Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and Hawke’s Bay District Health Board. The Napier and Hastings councils adopted the policy last year, with the roll-out of signs happening in the first half of this year. Smokefree is the theme for May for GO Bus advertising. Posters reminding bus users that bus stops and shelters should be Smokefree out to a distance of 10m, are also going up.
9 May 2016
Penguins at National Aquarium form unique bond
Meet Timmy and Tux. They are Little Penguins and best buds. Timmy has spinal injuries and Tux was abandoned as a baby. They met in rehab at the National Aquarium of New Zealand when their chances of survival in the wild were slim to none, now they’re looking at a fulfilling life with 15 other penguins at the Aquarium’s Penguin Cove.
2 May 2016
Pou lead the way to new path
A celebration of the completion of Te Ara o Nga Tipuna (Pathways of our Ancestors) at Otatara Pa on Thursay, 14 April, also doubled as a launch of a new addition to the Rotary Pathway network. The story of Otatara Pa, depicted by the Turauwha Pou and accompanying story board, is the final instalment of a partnership project between Ngati Paarau and Napier City Council.
14 April 2016
New law affects food businesses
A new law for all businesses that sell food comes into effect today. The Food Act 2014 has been designed to modernise food safety in New Zealand for the benefit of businesses and consumers. From today, anyone who starts a business that involves food must follow the new law, from restaurants to dairies, to internet cake sellers. Existing businesses also need to make changes, although they have longer to do so.
1 March 2016
New art work for Paxie's Lane
The latest art installation in Napier’s central business district will be officially opened on Monday, 29 February at 10am. The new artwork, in Paxie’s Lane, has been created by Napier artist Philipp Meier. Funded by a grant from Napier City Council’s Arts Advisory Panel, the installation is an eye-catching visual feature of the lane, a busy thoroughfare connecting Hastings Street and Marine Parade.
29 February 2016
Safer Napier wins national award
The Safe Communities Foundation New Zealand Safe Community Award has gone to a Hawke’s Bay person for the second year in a row. The national award recognises outstanding support for the organisation at the regional level and major commitment to the cause by an individual. This year’s winner is Safer Napier Coordinator Liz Lambert, who was presented with the award at the National Forum for Safe Communities earlier this week.
10 August 2015
Napier gears up to host top cyclists
Napier and Hawke's Bay are gearing up to host top-class road cycling talent with confirmation by Cycling New Zealand the Elite and U23 Road National Championships will be held in Napier, 8-10 January, 2016.
29 June 2015
New animal reading programme for Napier kids
A newly developed canine reading programme will have its debut in Napier this month. Called All Ears, it’s aimed at building the confidence of our young readers by having them read aloud to a dog as well as teaching children how to be safe around animals. Overseas studies have shown reading to animals is proven to remove stress and peer pressure often experienced by children who are still learning to read. The Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae and his wife Lady Janine Mateparae will be on hand to see the programme in action when they visit the region.
2 June 2015
Online payments now available at Napier City Council
Napier City Council is pleased to announce we now offer online payment options for many of our services. Online payments provide a quick easy option to pay the following with your credit card:
26 May 2015
Marineland seals farewell Napier
The three remaining Marineland seals will leave Napier for their new homes on Tuesday. New Zealand fur seals Molly, Mr Bo and Pania will go to zoos in Australia. It will be the end of an era for the facility, but Tourism Services manager Neil Fergus said they are going to fantastic zoos and will be well looked after. Molly and Mr Bo are going to Sea World on the Gold Coast, and Pania to Melbourne Zoo.
18 March 2015
Pop-up spaces inject sense of fun
A new ‘chill-out’ space in Market St is already proving to be a hit with passers-by. Featuring bean bags, free wifi, performance spaces and more – the area, dubbed ‘Urban Oasis’ are part of a new Napier City Council initiative. Another similar space will open in Lower Emerson Street at the end of the week.
26 February 2015
Ex-Marineland seal Dakota dies
A seal from Napier’s Marineland, who was recently rehomed at Sea World on the Gold Coast, died the afternoon of 9th January in Australia. Dakota, a Californian sea lion, has been in Australia since 10 December. While the cause of her death is unknown, she has been unwell for a few weeks. A vet from Sea World will perform an autopsy tomorrow (10 January).
12 January 2015
Napier to host major national cycling event
BikeNZ has announced that Napier has won the rights to hold the Elite & U23 Road National Cycling Championships for three years from 2016. Napier Mayor Bill Dalton said securing New Zealand’s premiere bike race for three years from 2016 was a “huge coup”.
11 December 2014
Marineland mammals farewell Napier
Five of Marineland’s remaining mammals left Napier early in the morning of the 10th December bound for new homes in Australia. Iha is going to Melbourne Zoo, Ollie is going to Taronga Zoo, and the other three are headed for Sea World at Surfers’ Paradise.
11 December 2014
Share your ideas for Napier's future
The Napier City Council kicked off the first phase of its public consultation for its Long Term Plan on 10 December with a multi-pronged approach aimed at gathering as many ideas from the public as possible. The formal consultation period will be held over a four week period in April and May, after which submissions will be considered at hearings. The Council will adopt its 2015-2025 Long Term Plan in early June.
10 December 2014
Creative thinking the way forward for development
Communities need to constantly reinvent themselves and develop innovative strategies because of the fast changing economic environment. That’s according to Napier City Council Economic Development Manager James Rowe, who says there is no ‘one size fits all’ formula for economic success in his recently released fourth book.
28 November 2014
New penguin for Aquarium
The National Aquarium of New Zealand has a new addition to its penguin family. The Department of Conservation recently brought a Little Penguin chick to the Aquarium after it had been rescued from a nest in Ahuriri that had been disturbed.
26 November 2014
Council lends a hand to build a home
Napier City Council staff, councillors and the Mayor Bill Dalton are volunteering their time for the Habitat for Humanity build which gets underway at 40 Fleming Crescent, Napier, next Monday (24 November). Mayor Dalton, various Councillors, Chief Executive Wayne Jack and other staff will be helping at the site, which was a former Housing New Zealand property, on Wednesday 3 December.
24 November 2014
New director for MTG named
Napier City Council has appointed a new director for MTG Hawke’s Bay. Museum industry veteran Laura Vodanovich was the perfect choice of person to lead the facility forward, said Council Chief Executive Wayne Jack. Ms Vodanovich has spent just over two years as Director of Tairawhiti Museum in Gisborne, and will take up her new appointment on 1 February.
10 November 2014
Bike pump track a NZ first
Napier is set to build New Zealand’s first bike pump track. Construction for the track was approved by the Napier City Council City Development committee on 15 October. The bike pump track will be built on Marine Parade, south of the National Aquarium of New Zealand.
20 October 2014
New sculpture for Emerson Street
Renowned Lyttelton sculptor Mark Whyte’s latest contribution to Napier’s artistic landscape was officially unveiled by Napier Mayor Bill Dalton in the Napier CBD this afternoon.
16 October 2014
Octopus leaves his mark
The National Aquarium of New Zealand’s latest many-legged addition has a new name.
18 September 2014
International Children's Games - A first for Napier and NZ
The countdown has begun for the team of some of Napier’s best young sportsmen and women, who head to Australia in December to compete in the 48th International Children’s Games (ICG) at Lake Macquarie, NSW, Australia.
18 September 2014
New manager gets down to business
Napier is the best place to be if you’re in business, says the Napier City Council’s new Economic Development Manager James Rowe – now he wants to make sure the rest of the country knows it.
27 August 2014
No plastic bag recycling for Napier
The Napier City Council is phasing out the collection of plastic bags in its kerbside recycling programme as the number of offshore markets willing to recycle them continues to shrink.
27 August 2014
Building Consent price rise
Napier City Council advises the cost of building consents will rise from Monday (August 22, 2014).
24 August 2014
Clay tennis courts a prospect in Napier’s Park Island expansion
The possibility that New Zealand’s first clay court tennis complex could be built in Napier is exciting says a professional tennis coach.
13 August 2014
Barrier installed at Redclyffe Transfer Station
A barrier has been installed at Napier’s Redclyffe Transfer Station to ensure users can dump rubbish safely.
30 July 2014
Free micro-chipping for Napier canines
Napier dog owners can take advantage of free micro-chipping of their canine companions, thanks to a new initiative by the Napier City Council.
24 July 2014
Napier City Council Wins Top Award
Napier City Council took out the top award at the inaugural Local Government New Zealand Excellence Awards in Nelson last night. The award, for ‘Community Event of the Year’ was in recognition of Council’s support of the Tremains Art Deco Weekend.
22 July 2014
Napier Municipal Theatre Earthquake Safe
Napier’s Municipal Theatre has passed a recent earthquake assessment with flying colours. Napier City Council appointed Strata Group Consulting Engineers to assess the theatre to ensure it was up to new building standards (NBS). The original section of the theatre, which was strengthened in 1993 and 1996, was rated at 80% NBS. The entry foyer and the Pan Pac Foyer (constructed in 1996) received a 100% NBS rating. The results confirm the building is not earthquake prone.
16 June 2014
Napier athletes to make history at International Children’s Games
A group of budding young athletes will make history later this year as they represent Napier at the International Children’s Games (ICG), to be held in Lake Macquarie, Australia. Napier will be the first New Zealand city to enter the ICG – the largest multi-sport youth games in the world. The ICG were first held in 1968 in Slovenia as a way to encourage peace and goodwill amongst children of different cultural backgrounds. Since 1991, it has been an International Olympic Committee sanctioned event.
9 June 2014
Napier City Council staff seek information on stolen dog
Napier City Council Animal Control staff are seeking information regarding a dog stolen from the Napier City Council Pound last week. Bronx, a golden male American Pit-bull Terrier Cross, was taken on 20 May at midnight by thieves who cut a razor wire surrounding the pound, climbed the roof (setting off the alarm) and cut three padlocks to get him out.
28 May 2014
Staff restructure proposed for MTG HB
A proposed staffing restructure at MTG Hawke’s Bay was announced to museum staff this morning. Napier City Council chief executive Wayne Jack told staff the proposed resturcture has been recommended to assist MTG with delivering its levels of service. “It’s no secret that we have been looking at how MTG can better serve its purpose,” Mr Jack said.
19 May 2014
Napier City Council website wins national award
Napier City Council’s new-look website won the best website redevelopment award at a national awards ceremony in Auckland last night. The award, announced at the annual Association of Local Government Information Management (ALGIM) Web and Digital Symposium awards ceremony, was the end result of much hard work from the Napier City Council’s website redevelopment team.
13 May 2014
Napier Mayor delighted by legal high ban
Napier Mayor Bill Dalton says he’s delighted psychoactive substances will be banned within two weeks. Mayor Dalton, a vocal critic of the Government’s legal high policies, made national headlines after he clashed with Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne on the issue, questioning why the substances couldn’t be outlawed.
28 April 2014
Council approves new roundabout for Marine Parade
Napier City Councillors have supported a recommendation to progress the construction of a fully-funded roundabout at the Browning Street/Marine Parade intersection, as part of a commitment to enhance Marine Parade with additional traffic management measures. At a recent strategic planning workshop the Council also proposed that a further three roundabouts along Marine Parade be included in the 2015 Long Term Plan to be implemented over the next few years. These roundabouts are yet to be funded.
23 April 2014
Deco City buses to be discontinued
At a Council meeting last week Napier City Council passed a resolution to discontinue the Deco City Discoverer bus service and put the buses up for tender. The two customised Art Deco-style buses, Veronica and Belle, will complete their last circuit of Marine Parade, Ahuriri and Westshore, on Sunday 4 May.
22 April 2014
NZ Funding Scheme Funding Recipients
The Napier City Council, in partnership with Creative New Zealand, is pleased to announce recipients of the March 2014 funding round of the Creative Communities NZ Funding Scheme.
9 April 2014
Napier renews calls for legal highs to be banned
Napier Mayor Bill Dalton says the Government is letting New Zealanders down over its refusal to ban psychoactive substances. “The government has absolutely wimped out on this one,” Mayor Dalton says. “They tell us their regulatory regime is an experiment. If that is the case, then it is an experiment that is failing and resulting in a new wave of addicts in our country.”
4 April 2014
Wastewater Treatment Plant Project flowing nicely
Napier City Council’s Biological Trickling Filter (BTF) plant is progressing and is on target to meet its completion deadline later this year. The $32.7 million BTF Wastewater Treatment Plant, being constructed adjacent to the existing milliscreening plant in Awatoto, is part of the Council’s commitment to providing advanced sewage treatment for the city. Forward-thinking has meant that the project has already been largely funded for already through rates levies.
3 April 2014
Future of Napier's Art Deco buses to be reviewed
Napier City Council is reviewing the future use of its Deco City Discoverer buses. A report which will go before Napier City Council’s Finance Committee next week recommends the two customised Art Deco-style buses be put up for tender. Napier City Council CEO Wayne Jack said it was clear the business model had not gone as well as anticipated.
21 March 2014
New vision for Napier City Council tractors
Napier City Council tractors now feature extra safety features in the form of optical mirrors and television monitoring systems. Napier City Council Services Manager, Lance Titter and Health and Safety Coordinator, Michelle Warren, reviewed the entire operating procedures for Council-owned tractors after an unfortunate incident involving a tractor last year.
14 March 2014
Napier’s iconic floral clock gets new lease of life
A passionate and lengthy conversation via social media reminiscing about Marine Parade’s floral clock has seen the Napier icon given a new lease of life. A Facebook conversation between numerous Napier ex-pats sharing their memories of the floral clock in its heyday was spotted late last year by Napier City Council Deputy Mayor, Faye White, who decided to follow it up.
12 March 2014
Police station has positive link to Tamatea community
The Tamatea Police Station, in Durham Avenue, is looking vibrant and colourful thanks to the combined efforts of Police, Tamatea High School and Napier City Council. A mural has been erected on the side of the station depicting the many positive aspects of the Tamatea community.
7 March 2014
Notice from Ministry of Health
Napier City Council has received the following Public Notice from the Ministry of Health: Some plumbing fittings have the potential to allow minute traces of metals to accumulate in water standing in the fittings for several hours.
15 January 2014