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Consultation opens on Easter Sunday trading hours

Napier City Council seeks public feedback on the city's Easter Trading hours.

10 October 2018

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Fossils tour digs up the past

The Aquarium's Jake Brookie will visit Hawke's Bay schools later this month - with fossils from 530 million years ago.

5 October 2018

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Jake Brookie Fossils

Penguin of the Year – who will it be?

Twelve terrific contenders. But there can only be one!

1 October 2018

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Little Penguins

Who will be crowned this year’s best gardener?

Entries to the Napier Garden Competition, run annually by the Spirit of Napier Lions Club and NCC, have opened.

1 October 2018

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Gloria Mauloni

Thefts shock NCC staff

Thirty plants were stolen overnight from Kennedy Park Gardens, bringing to 70 the plants taken in recent months.

28 September 2018

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Napier Youth Strategy - Say it Napier

What do young people think would make Napier a better place for them to live?

26 September 2018

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Councils adopt plan for future waste minimisation and management

A bold new waste minimisation plan will see wheelie and recycling bins introduced to Napier from 2020.

18 September 2018

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More names for Napier's Roll of Honour

Researchers find an additional 340 names to add to Napier's Roll of Honour.

14 September 2018

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War Memorial Names

Napier Water Update

Napier got almost twice its average September rainfall yesterday. Our wastewater network came under intense pressure.

6 September 2018

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Special offer for senior swimmers

An American couple - esteemed honorary Napierites - have made another generous contribution to the city.

3 September 2018

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Senior Swimmers News

Aquarium announcement great for the region

Fletcher Tabuteau announces government support towards a detailed business case for a National Aquarium expansion.

31 August 2018

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Sharesies co-founder shares start-up success

Sonya Williams to share the story of the online investment phenomenon at NCC's Business Breakfast.

23 August 2018

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Sonya Williams Business Breakfast

Nitro to take McLean Park to the 'next level'

The action sports roadshow will roar into McLean Park next March.

21 August 2018

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Regional water review underway

The five Bay Councils unite on a Three Waters - drinking water, storm water and waste - strategy for the region.

17 August 2018

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Regional Water Review News

i-SITE helping to save endangered kiwi

More than 200 kiwi have been released into the Kaweka since 2002.Two of our i-SITE team got to release the latest duo.

10 August 2018

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Half Price Weekend at National Aquarium

Cheer on the naughty penguins (and send mischief vibes to the nerdy ones) this weekend.

7 August 2018

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Little Penguins Half Price Day

Another award for Safer Napier

Another award for the city's storied Safer Napier initiative.

2 August 2018

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Natasha Carswell Communities

Napier city speed limits under review

NCC seeks public feedback on 17 proposed speed limit changes on Napier roads.

31 July 2018

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News Speed Limits

NZ road cycling stars to return to Napier

The elite road cycling champs return to Napier - with BDO assuming naming right sponsor for the Summer Cycling Carnival.

17 July 2018

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Anderson Park Playground ready ahead of schedule

The rather wondrous Anderson Park Playground is now open for adventurous little Napierites.

16 July 2018

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Inspiring Māori youth

A two-day leadership summit unearths a panoply of young Māori talent.

6 July 2018

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Revamped dog park reopens

The new, improved Ruff Ruff Woof dog exercise area attracts both four and two-legged fans.

3 July 2018

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National award for Napier iWay project

Henry Hill School wins the coveted Golden Foot.

3 July 2018

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Feedback to be sought on three memorial designs

Three new designs to house the Napier War Memorial elements are to go out for community feedback.

29 June 2018

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Key projects get tick in Napier's Long Term Plan

Napier City Council adopts its final Long Term Plan (2018-28).

29 June 2018

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Parking changes in Napier

Big changes are underway for parking in Napier’s central business district, with a new lease carpark being created, some stretches of street becoming all day free parking, and the eventual roll out of the Parkmate app to all paid parking in the CBD.

27 June 2018

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Full ward system gets green light

NCC Councillors vote to return to a full ward representation system.

26 June 2018

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Council March 2017

Napier Citizens’ Civic Awards nominations closing soon

Nominations for the 2018 Napier Citizens’ Civic Awards close next Friday 29 July.

22 June 2018

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Civic Awards 2017

The Cat in the Hat makes a comeback

Dr Suess's most beloved, be-hatted feline is coming - and little Napierites have a chance to meet him.

15 June 2018

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Cat in the Hat

Exciting museum-based digital education programme starting soon

A partnership between MTG Hawke's Bay and Te Papa will bring two digital educators to our region.

12 June 2018

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Digital Futures

Get ready to get Toasted!

One of the great international culinary events - Hawke's Bay's homage to the humble toastie - returns.

6 June 2018

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Toasted Mexi Mama

NCC hears call for dechlorinated water stations

Dechlorinated water stations look likely for Napier following submissions on the city's proposed Long Term Plan (LTP).

6 June 2018

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LTP Hearings

Milestone in McLean Park returf project

June 1 marks the halfway point in the McLean Park returf project schedule, and Napier City Council is pleased that the complex and large-scale redevelopment remains on track. Tuesday 5 June will be day 40 of the returf and drainage project which is set down to take a total of 80 working days to complete.

1 June 2018

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Water mains cleaning in your street

Napier City Council will be carrying out a water mains cleaning programme between 22 May and mid September.

21 May 2018

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Water Mains Cleaning Programme 2018

MTG team triumphs again

MTG Hawke's Bay's He Manu Tioriori: 100 Years of Ngāti Kahungunu Music wins at the New Zealand Museum Awards.

21 May 2018

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Paying it forward to benefit colleagues

NCC launches a Sick Leave Bank where staff with a healthy sick leave balance can 'donate' to those who really need it.

17 May 2018

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"Rockstar economy" debated at Business Breakfast

With Hawke’s Bay booming, are we at risk of resting on our laurels? Westpac's Chief Economist, Dominick Stephens, is our next Business Breakfast Speaker.

16 May 2018

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Dominick Stephens Business Breakfast

MTG exhibitions make awards finals again

MTG Hawke’s Bay is a finalist in the ServiceIQ New Zealand Museum Awards for the fifth year in a row. The exhibitions Tūturu and He Manu Tioriori 100 Years of Ngāti Kahungunu Music have both been selected as finalists in the awards, to be announced next Sunday, 20 May.

11 May 2018

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Plenty to "spy" in Napier challenge

Entries for the fifth annual i-SPY Fun Challenge are open now. For people of all ages, the challenge, which takes place on the Sunday of Queen’s Birthday Weekend, takes you on a journey through Napier’s inner city and along Marine Parade following intriguing and fun-filled clues.

10 May 2018

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Support the key to success for graduates

Thirty-six young people from the Bay, including Taradale High School groundsman Luke Rogers, were honoured at the Mayors' Taskforce for Jobs ceremony held in Napier.

4 May 2018

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Plan Change 12: Further Submissions sought for District Plan Change

Plan Change 12 would see a Special Character Zone replace existing zones on the 288ha surrounding Mission Estate Winery.

2 May 2018

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Become a Licensed Dog Owner and SAVE!

It's a one-off $50 fee to become a Licensed Dog Owner. Each year you'll save $36 on your dog rego costs.

2 May 2018

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Bike safety - Get into gear!

The Be Safe Be Seen initiative sees free safety gear given to Napier's cyclists, runners and walkers.

1 May 2018

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Pause for paws – NCC dog park renovations to begin

Napier tails wag at news that the popular Ruff Ruff Woof dog park in Taradale is getting a spruce up.

27 April 2018

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May—October 2018 - Hastings Street

We're doing work on Hastings Street from Tennyson Street to Shakespeare Road on various days throughout the period from May 2018 until October 2018.

26 April 2018

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Compromise reached in Napier War Memorial Centre debate

The Napier Conference Centre building is to be renamed the Napier War Memorial Centre.

9 April 2018

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Waste submissions to be heard in June

A remarkable response to Hastings and Napier councils' waste management and minimisation plan for the region.

7 April 2018

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Recycling News

McLean Park returf ready to roll

McLean Park's new hybrid turf is on target to be harvested and transported to Napier in July.

28 March 2018

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McLean Park Turf News

Council will likely consult on mixed ward system

NCC councillors ask Napierites for their views on how best to represent the city's communities.

21 March 2018

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From Napier stage to global stardom

She was world famous in England. Now Napier actor Nyree Dawn Porter's brilliant career will be celebrated in her hometown.

15 March 2018

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Heavy rain and flooding across the Bay

Torrential rain across Hawke’s Bay has caused severe flooding. SH2 and SH5 closed for several hours but reopened at 3pm.

8 March 2018

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Popular Kiwi musicians to entertain at free event

A free concert - headlined by former Op Shop frontman Jason Kerrison - is set to rock Napier on St Patrick's Day.

28 February 2018

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Napier Rocks Concert News

Planning underway for the library of the future

NCC is asking the community to help shape the city’s future library services with its Love Your Library campaign.

26 February 2018

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Napier Library at MTG Book Returns News

De-chlorinated water a possibility for Napier

Napier City Council will consult on the possible introduction of de-chlorinated water stations through the Long Term Plan process.

20 February 2018

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Celebrate Children’s Day in Napier

Children's Day is Sunday 4 March. And NCC's facilities will celebrate with some pretty cool specials.

16 February 2018

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Napier Aquatic Centre Childrens Day News

We want to ‘talk rubbish’ with you

Half of what Napier sends to the tip doesn't have to go there.

16 February 2018

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Omarunui Landfill News

“Is today a good day to die?” asks speaker

Davey Hughes - maverick outdoorsman and founder of Swazi - is NCC's first Business Breakfast Speaker of 2018.

13 February 2018

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Davy Hughes Business Breakfast

New Napier tour for Seaweek 2018

Napier will host several events for Seaweek 2018, including a compelling free tour around Ahuriri estuary.

9 February 2018

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Seaweek 2018 Estuary Walking Tour News

Summer fun in the CBD

With verandahs aplenty, the occasional showers expected on Saturday won't get in the way of Emerson's party.

1 February 2018

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Summer Street Party Batucada

Library opening at MTG next Wednesday

The books are almost all shelved and in place, ready for the reopening of Napier Library.

1 February 2018

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Community Boards for Napier?

An online survey is asking Napierites if they want community boards in Maraenui and Bay View.

31 January 2018

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Flipping the switch on new Kennedy Road lights

New lights at the intersection of Maadi Rd, Wycliffe St and Kennedy will make one of Napier's busiest spots far safer.

26 January 2018

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Roll of Honour workshops will attract many ideas

A lively discussion took place at the first of NCC's three public workshops on the Roll of Honour.

24 January 2018

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New region-wide resource for the parents of teens

An online guide with useful tips for parents of HB teens will be released on Wednesday.

22 January 2018

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Positive Parenting Booklet 2018 News

Time to grab those tickets for Moana

Moana, the first of the Mitre10 MEGA Outdoor Movie Season, will screen at Bay Skate on Friday 26 January.

19 January 2018

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Wonderful water savings made in Napier

"Great effort" sees Napier's water use fall by almost 30% from its peak.

11 January 2018

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Safe swimming in Napier

Napier has a new water safety brochure - and improved safe swimming signs - in place for the summer holidays.

22 December 2017

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NCC Customer Services - we've moved!

NCC's new Customer Services Centre at 215 Hastings St is open for business from 1pm today.

21 December 2017

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NCC Customer Services Moving Locations news

NOW allows greater collaboration between Bay Councils

A region-wide initiative by local telco NOW will see the Bay's five councils share the same digital infrastructure.

20 December 2017

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Napier Library temporarily closes its doors

Napier Library closes at noon this Friday, re-opening at the MTG in the first week of February.

20 December 2017

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Roll of Honour criteria fundamental to future design

NCC will hold three public workshops in late January to discuss the criteria for the city's Roll of Honour.

20 December 2017

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Feeling the beat at Napier Botanical Gardens

Project Prima Volta and The Magical Majesties head the bill for January's Botanic Beats.

15 December 2017

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BNZ Botanic Beats 2018 news

Caring for the community rewarded

She's been a Civil Defence volunteer for 25 years - and now Lesley Harrison is eyeing up the half century!

15 December 2017

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Council plea: Don’t buy tickets from Ashleigh Ellis

A scammer claiming to work at Napier Aquatic Centre has been ripping off Napierites.

12 December 2017

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Napier New Year’s Eve set to go off

A fab, free family-friendly event - with fireworks at midnight - will see Napierites into the New Year.

8 December 2017

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Exciting Destination Playground construction begins

Anderson Park is to get a new kids' playground - Napier's first Destination Playground.

8 December 2017

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Hugely positive conservation response from Napier public

Napier City's residents achieve a 31% reduction in water use over the past week.

8 December 2017

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Council eases summer water restrictions

Great water saving efforts by Napier residents has seen NCC ease water restrictions.

5 December 2017

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Perfect partner for Hawke’s Bay Summer Cycling Carnival

A passion for road cycling saw them put their hands up to help out – and now local business advisory and accountancy firm BDO has formalised a partnership with the Hawke’s Bay Summer Cycling Carnival.

1 December 2017

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Funding approved for major Hikurangi Response Plan

A project aimed at developing a coordinated response to a rupture of the Hikurangi subduction zone off the East Coast has been granted $240,000 of funding.

27 November 2017

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Movies on Marine Parade

Get your popcorn ready - outdoor movies are coming to Napier! Moana will be the first to screen in the Mitre 10 MEGA Outdoor Movie Season at Bay Skate. The season begins on Friday 26 January and runs for three consecutive weekends, weather permitting. The Jungle Book will screen on Friday 2 February, with a movie that has quickly become a Kiwi classic, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, finishing the season on Saturday 10 February.

24 November 2017

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MTG Artist in Residence back with new work

Yuki Kihara's stunning exhibition highlights the ancestral links between Ngāti Kahungunu and Sāmoa.

24 November 2017

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Multiple bins among waste options

Napier and Hastings residents to be consulted in the New Year about improved recycling options.

24 November 2017

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Green-fingered gardener gains competition glory

Napier South's Gloria Mauloni wins the big one in the 2017 Napier Garden Competition.

24 November 2017

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Special event for Ahuriri

A welcome addition to a chocker December calendar for Napier families.

22 November 2017

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Agent Pink chemical relinquished at HazMobile event

The HazMobile had a fruitful tour of Hawke's Bay, even picking up the notorious chemical Agent Pink.

21 November 2017

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Heritage Fund launches supporting Art Deco infrastructure in Napier

A new heritage fund named after a local Art Deco legend launches this week.

17 November 2017

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Maintenance programme throws up new challenges

Napier City Council remains on track to complete its maintenance on the drinking water network by the close of the month.

16 November 2017

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Chlorination update 16 11 2017

White Ribbon Ride coming to Napier

A convoy of motorcyclists are coming to Napier with a clear message - men must end violence against women now.

14 November 2017

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A very ‘Kiwi Christmas’

A sneak preview of 'Kiwi Christmas' will play at the MTG prior to the NCC Christmas parade.

13 November 2017

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The Edge’s Guy and Megan: ‘We’ll accept bribes!’

The Edge's Guy and Megan are coming to Napier's Bark Island to judge the fiercely-contested dogwalk.

7 November 2017

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Creative Communities recipients announced

Thirteen projects - including Festival of Noise and Battle in the Bay - received grants in NCC's latest Creative Communities funding round.

3 November 2017

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Fins, fish and a few facts

Educator Jack Brookie is taking National Aquarium's weird and wonderful biofacts on the road.

1 November 2017

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NCC Annual Report for 2016/17 adopted

The success of the Parklands development underpins a strong result for Napier City Council in 2016/17.

27 October 2017

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Doggie Day out in November

The second annual free Bark Island event is coming to Park Island next month (woof).

27 October 2017

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Last call for Civic site submissions

Submissions on the future of Napier’s two civic administration buildings close next week.

27 October 2017

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Representation Review closing soon

For the past month, NCC has been asking residents for their views on the make-up of Council.

27 October 2017

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Water safety focus for Safer Napier

We're Water Safe, featuring fire engines, face painting and the Police dive squad, is on this Saturday at Perfume Point.

24 October 2017

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Safer Napier News

New carpark on Hastings Street

NCC is opening a new pay-by-app-only carpark at 292 Hastings Street.

24 October 2017

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Hastings Street Carpark

Expanded online collection launched

Judge Fred McElrea's pioneering restorative justice papers are now available online through Napier Library.

17 October 2017

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Recycle and save waste in Napier

Get rid of what you don't need at Keep Napier Beautiful Recycling Day 2017 on Sat 4 Nov.

17 October 2017

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Leave work early for business success says speaker

Frances Benge, CEO of Cure Kids, is guest speaker for NCC's final Business Breakfast of 2017.

13 October 2017

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‘Passion and a plan’ key to Garden Competition

“You don’t need to be a professional or a perfectionist to enter,” says two-time Napier Garden Comp winner, Jenny Todd.

6 October 2017

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Ocean Spa pipe springs a leak

Ocean Spa's 'Passive Pool' has been temporarily closed following the discovery of a burst pipe.

5 October 2017

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‘Dogs on the beat’ for Napier Pound

NCC's Animal Control team have been taking their own dogs to work one day a week.

2 October 2017

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Council removes fees at MTG Hawke’s Bay

From Monday 2 October, entry to MTG Hawke's Bay will be free.

27 September 2017

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Exciting night for Napier

Interactive art installations where anyone can add their artistic marks, live music, and Steampunk mystery are part of Napier’s first White Night celebration this coming Saturday, 30 September, from 7pm.

26 September 2017

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Bay Skate construction wins award

The Hastings based specialist concrete company which worked on the Bay Skate surface has won two national awards for its efforts.

26 September 2017

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School's back - sort of

Napier Girls’ High School is much more than just an alternative meeting venue for the current Napier City Council.

25 September 2017

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Review of Council representation underway

Every six years we need to review Napier City Council’s make-up and we want to know your answers to this question, and much more.

25 September 2017

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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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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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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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Civic Awards 2017

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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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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Chlorine Tap Closure

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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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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Doris designer announced

Designer David Trubridge wins Perform Point sculpture commission

3 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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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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NCC representatives accept the LGNZ award

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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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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Enfield reservoir in Napier cleared of e.coli

A third consecutive negative e.coli reading, taken from an e.coli affected water reservoir, was today (Tuesday, 7 February) returned to Napier City Council. National water standards require Council to have three consecutive clear (negative) readings in order to be able to reopen the small tank of the Enfield reservoir and reconnect it to the city’s water network.

7 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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New caterers for conference centre

A new kitchen, new chefs and a whole new catering team is ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work when the Napier Conference Centre reopens. Dish Catering has been awarded the catering contract for the redeveloped venue, due to open its doors again for business in March following a major refurbishment and expansion completed by Napier City Council.

19 January 2017

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No breaches of animal welfare code at Napier Pound

The Ministry for Primary Industries External Audit Report has found that on the whole, the Napier Pound is “well run” and “very clean and sanitary”. An inspection was carried out in November 2016, finding that animals had ample space, good clean pens, bedding and bowls, and were adequately cared for by Animal Control staff. The storage of dog food, chemicals, equipment and the bodies of euthanised dogs was also compliant with MPI standards.

23 December 2016

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Council approves lower fees for MTG

It will soon cost $2.50 for primary students and $4.50 for secondary students to visit MTG Hawke’s Bay when participating in the museum’s school education programme. The lowered fees will come into effect from 1 January 2017.

30 November 2016

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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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LAB wows country school

Kiwis of all ages should be aware of natural hazards and a visit to “The LAB” is a great way to raise that awareness, says Te Pohue School teacher Tim Orbell.

20 October 2016

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#napierdrill social media campaign launches

If a tsunami threatened Napier 10 days from now, or 10 minutes from now, where would you go? That’s the question being posed by Napier City Council, whose new #napierdrill social media campaign is being shared to encourage Napier residents and businesses to plan, and rehearse, their tsunami evacuation routes.

3 October 2016

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NCC adopts Annual Report

The value of building consents for Napier has jumped by 40 percent in the past year. That is just one of the positive findings outlined in the Napier City Council 2015/16 Annual Report adopted on September 22 at the final Council meeting before the local body elections. Interest in the Parklands development on former Lagoon farm land remains high, with the number of residential lots sold helping to push the income from land sales $2.9m higher than expected.

22 September 2016

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Council goes electric

Napier City Council is doing its bit to plan for the future with the first of two fully electric vehicles in its fleet out on the road. A site to charge the vehicles was set up by the Napier Civic building. The Renault Kangoo vans used by the Council courier and parking staff have proved easy to run and to charge, says Council Chief Executive Wayne Jack.

21 September 2016

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Napier City Council unveils exciting new branding

Marine Parade’s iconic Norfolk pines and gently lapping waves make up Napier City Council’s new logo, which was unveiled to staff and stakeholders on Friday, 9 September. Chief Executive Wayne Jack presented the new brand direction, including the colour palette, fonts and planned logo usage. Phase one of a multi-staged roll-out begins immediately.

9 September 2016

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World Health Organisation win for Napier

Napier has been recognised by the World Health Organisation as a leading safe city. Against 82 other entries from 30 cities around the world, Napier took out the 2016 World Health Organization Western Pacific Regional Office Healthy Cities Recognition for Violence and Injury Prevention (Safe Cities).

1 September 2016

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Survey finds Napier really is a great place to live

Napier is a better place to live than it was two or three years ago, according to the majority of residents surveyed in the annual NRB (National Research Bureau) questionnaire. 63% declared Napier a desirable city in which to live, compared with 45% in 2015. It’s the highest satisfaction rating Napier has achieved since the survey began in 1991.

30 August 2016

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Napier not impacted by water contamination issue

Napier City Council is reassuring people that Napier’s water is safe to drink and use as normal. Napier City Council officers undertook precautionary testing on water bores during the weekend in light of the water contamination crisis in Havelock North. Director Infrastructure, Jon Kingsford, says the precautionary testing was done over and above routine testing.

16 August 2016

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Free WiFi continues to grow in Napier

Napier City Council’s support of free WiFi within the city has proven popular with both residents and visitors. A free public WiFi service was launched in Napier five years ago by local telecommunications company Revolutionz. Council contributed to the implementation costs and provided access to Council assets, such as streetlights, to enable the network.

15 August 2016

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Napier Time Bank trading system to be launched in Pirimai

Pirimai Residents Association will officially launch Time Bank in Napier at noon on Sunday 21 August, at Allen Berry Avenue Reserve in Pirimai. Time Bank is a trading system for exchanging skills, knowledge and labour with people in your local community. The currency is time rather than money, so “time credits” are used as payment. One hour of work equals one time credit, no matter what type of work it is, from gardening to childcare, cooking to computer support. It can be managed through an online account or directly through the Time Bank Coordinators.

11 August 2016

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Desperately seeking the Crawford or Bowen families

A mysterious vintage postcard that has made its way to Napier’s i-SITE is needing to be rehomed.

3 August 2016

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Parking app streamlines payments

Napier residents and visitors can now put away their wallets…. and use their mobile phones to pay for parking. Kashin - a phone app that debits from a pre-loaded credit card – is being warmly received by those who have tried out the service. “People love the fact that you can use your phone maps and GPS to find a car park location and pay to park without using coins” says Napier City Council Director City Strategy Richard Munneke. “There’s no need to display a receipt on your car dash, and the app provides reminders about how long you have been parked. You only pay for the time you use.”

2 August 2016

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Civil Defence Hawke's Bay launches app for disaster alerts

Hawke’s Bay residents can now receive official disaster alerts and lifesaving information on their smart phones, as Civil Defence Hawke’s Bay begins alerting through the Red Cross Hazard App.

29 July 2016

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Napier inner city upgrade four weeks ahead of schedule

Good weather and efficient construction have helped speed up the pace of the Napier inner city infrastructure upgrade to the point it is now a month ahead of schedule.

28 July 2016

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A progressive action plan for Napier and Hawke’s Bay

The National Aquarium of New Zealand is set to directly benefit from an “exciting and unprecedented boost”, says Mayor Bill Dalton, following the launch of Matariki - The Hawke’s Bay Regional Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan 2016.

27 July 2016

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Napier City Council selected for new standards programme

Becoming a Foundation Council for the Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) standards programme gives Napier City Council a chance to show the community how its strategic plans and values shape up against others. LGNZ has selected 21 Foundation Councils to lead the programme in 2016, including Hastings and Wairoa District Councils. Results will be published in 2017. The local government standards system will demonstrate and improve the value and services of councils by measuring qualitative and quantitative indicators across leadership, finance, service delivery and community engagement.

12 July 2016

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Boat ramp soon to be controlled by barrier arm

Upon acquiring ownership of the Nelson Quay Boat Ramp, previously owned by the Hawke’s Bay Sports Fishing Club, Napier City Council has implemented a user-pays system. From 1 August, access to the boat ramp will be controlled by a barrier arm. Access can be made by an annual swipe card pass or by payment by Eftpos/credit card at the entry pedestal on a per entry basis.

30 June 2016

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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

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