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Napier Inner City Upgrade

Hastings Street is part of a CBD infrastructure upgrade. Planning Started: 2010
Construction Started: June 2012
Completed: Stage 1 completed November 2012, Stage 2 completed November 2015; Stage 3-6 due for completion October 2016

Current works

Stage three and four of the project are nearing completion. Contractors have been engaged in above-ground works between Tennyson and Emerson Streets.

Work has recently began on stage six which involves laying new stormwater pipes between Tennyson and Browning streets. Providers such as Chorus and Unison are being consulted to align their upgrades with ours.

As above ground work nears completion securing fencing will be removed and replaced with barriers. Pedestrian access will be provided to businesses at all times.


The Napier City Council has recognised that a number of areas in the city are susceptible to flooding and have committed to funding a CBD-wide solution, however due to the scale and costs of this solution, it is likely that it will take many years to complete these works.

To date stormwater pipelines have been laid in Hastings Street between the Vautier Street and Emerson Street intersections, and from the Hastings Street-Tennyson Street intersection to the new outfall platform. The full benefit of this work will not be realised until further pipelines have been laid and connected to the new outfall.

Hastings Street, a main street in Napier’s CBD, will be upgraded to create a more pedestrian-friendly environment for shoppers and visitors in downtown Napier, continuing a trend that has encouraged through traffic away from inner city streets.

Design elements are similar to those used in upgrading Dickens Street and were chosen to enhance the city’s distinctive architectural features. They include wider footpaths, tree planting, raised pedestrian plinths for crossing the road and a combination of parallel and angle parking.

Traffic priorities at the Vautier Street-Hastings Street intersection were changed to encourage motorists to use routes that skirt the increasingly pedestrian-orientated downtown area.

The Napier Inner City Upgrade project will be undertaken in seven stages with each being completed before moving onto the next stage (however there may be small overlaps as preparatory work for the following stage begins). The road will be returned to full service as each stage is completed.

Stage one and two are completed, which has seen exposed aggregate foothpaths and asphalt roadways laid between Vautier Street and Emerson Street and stormwater remedial works at the Hastings/Tennyson Street intersection.

We are mindful of the disruption caused to businesses and the public associated with work of this nature, particularly within the CBD and as such works will be staged in a way to cause the least impact possible.

Stage one Albion Street to just past Dickens Street Yes
Stage two Dickens Street to Emerson Street Yes
Stage three Emerson Street to Tennyson Street Underway
Stage four Tennyson Street/Hastings Street intersection Started 20 June
Stage five Tennyson Street to Cathedral Lane (stormwater upgrade) No
Stage six Hastings Street to Browning Street (stormwater only) Scheduled to start August 2016
Stage six Hastings Street upgrade (between Tennyson Street to Shakespeare Road) No
Stage seven Shakespeare Road


Napier Inner City Upgrade Images

Stages 1 - 7 of the Napier inner city upgrade. The first stage of the Hastings Street redevelopment takes shape. Aerial View of the first stage of the Hastings Street redevelopment on 12 July 2012. First stage of the Hastings Street redevelopment takes shape. Hastings Street redevelopment - Car parking on temporary seal in Hastings Street. Hastings Street redevelopment nearing completion. Hastings Street redevelopment nearing completion. Hastings Street redevelopment Stage 1 Completed.

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