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New Parking Meters

Pay by Plate parking meters are coming to Napier and Taradale in May and June. The new machines will replace the blue Pay and Display machines and be ready to use as they are installed one-by-one.

Pay by Plate 
Remember your vehicle’s number plate.

We are excited to bring the latest parking technology, ‘Pay by Plate’ meters, to Napier.

The Pay by Plate meters will allow us to deliver a better service to parking users. They are user-friendly, using your vehicle's number plate to record parking time and payment.

Work to remove the old machines and install the new meters, will take place in May and June, with the Napier CBD first, followed by Taradale. We expect the timings for Taradale to be in June.

We have worked with the supplier to plan a decommissioning and installation schedule that reduces disruption to our public and businesses as much as possible.

Napier City Council Staff will be out and about around the time of install in Napier and Taradale and are happy to help people use the meters for the first time.

The Pay by Plate meters are available to see and try out in our Customer Services Centre in Dunvegan House, 215 Hastings Street, Napier as well as both the Napier and Taradale libraries during normal open hours.

Why is Napier getting new parking meters?

Our existing parking meters are at end-of-life and require a city-wide upgrade.

NCC will be installing Pay by Plate meters across all locations where there are current parking meters. These new meters require users to key-in their vehicle’s number plate.

Key features of new parking meters:

  • A range of payment options including coins, ParkMate, PayWave (credit and debit cards) and ParkEasy (users scan a QR code).
  • Ticketless - users don’t need to return to their vehicle to display a ticket.
  • Easy to use touchscreens. Please refer to User Guide to familiarise yourself with how the machines work.
  • E-Receipts can be downloaded or be automatically emailed.
  • Users can go to any machine in the same zone/time restriction and key in their plate number to find how much time is left and top up if required.
  • Once paid, vehicles can move to another area - the credit will still apply if it is within the same zone/time restriction.
  • Ease of use with one machine type across all paid parking areas (on-street parking as well as carparks).
  • Common solution with Hastings providing greater consistency for the region as well as many other cities and towns across NZ.
  • Reduction in on-street meters reducing footpath clutter by approximately 70%.
  • The machines are solar powered.

New Parking Meters FAQs

Our existing meters have reached the end of their life and need to be replaced. Good parking is essential to ensure traffic circulates through our city and people accessing the CBD to work visit and shop can do so easily.  

The meters are touch screen and users will be required to key-in their vehicle’s number plate. Alternatively, if you do not want to pay at the machine, just use a parking app like ParkMate from wherever you are.

Using the meter you have the option of paying with coins, PayWave or by scanning the QR code for ParkEasy payment.  Alternatively, you can manage the payment with your smart phone using a parking app such as ParkMate

You can request an electronic receipt by following the information displayed on the screen.

Yes, go to any meter and enter your plate number to find out.

The parking fees remain the same, only the parking meters are changing. Go to the parking fees and charges page for more information.

If you choose to use a parking app, such as ParkMate, there may be a transaction fee on top of the parking charge. ParkMate currently charges a flat-rate transaction fee of 30 cents per transaction.  

Fines are not changing. If you fail to pay for your parking the fine that applies is $40 which is set by legislation and Council are unable to change these. 
If you do pay and then exceed the time limit, the fine will increase in increments starting from $12.00.  For further information, please refer to our Fees & Charges page.

If you are a mobility permit holder, parking in a marked mobility space is free.  If a mobility space is not available, display of a CCS Mobility permit when parking in a standard carpark space. This will allow you to park double the normally allocated time in that space up to maximum of two hours. You are required to pay the initial fee. This can be done using any of the payment options offered by the new meters.

Yes, the contactless reader works with contactless payments on smartphones, such as Apple Pay and Goggle Pay.

You can also use Apple Pay or Google Pay with ParkEasy if these are saved on your phone.

All of Vautier Street is now available for all day paid parking, to ensure consistency with surrounding parking provisions the P120 time restrictions have been removed.

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