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Ideas for Napier

Do you have a fabulous idea for Napier? A plan for our city to prosper? Perhaps it’s a policy to help support a community sector, an event we haven’t thought of or something simple we can do to better serve you?

This section of Talk to Us gives you the opportunity to tell us your idea –big or small – about anything at any time! This is your chance to share your idea and see if we can make it happen. We take all suggestions seriously. Imagine seeing something you suggested come to fruition!

Tell us your thoughts now and lets work together to make Napier an even better place to live.

41 comments

Have a read through the comments we have recieved so far, if you agree/disagree with some of them simply select the agree/disagree link to show your support.

Events/Tourism
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Northern Lookout established? We seem to have sight seeing buses coming down Hospital Tce to try to gain a northern view. This should be stopped (for example) by clear signage confirming long vehicles cannot enter Hospital Tce OR a viewing point established which can handle traffic such as buses. There is no turnaround point for buses and the Hospital Lane egress is not suitable for long vehicles. Bluff Hill lookout is not suitable either. It is very risky bringing buses down Hospital Tce and this should be stopped before something bad happens to our valuable tourists. Thank you.
velma - 20/04/2017 @ 5:58pm
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I grew up in Napier and love it, but i have been away for a long time and i come back and the marine parade is in need of restaurants and so much more, you have so much potential along there. I am m not sure if its old fuddy duddy Councillors and red tape, but seriously get some fresh blood and vision in the council and start dreaming again for the parade!
suzy - 06/04/2017 @ 2:26pm
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Infrastructure
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We have an issue with boy racers going down Napier Terrace in the late evenings. They are hammering along sometimes, and I've even seen one overtake on the uphill section, narrowly avoiding a head-on collision with a car coming the other way over the brow of the hill. It seems like a matter of time before one of them loses control and causes a serious accident, and with young families on the street I wouldn't like to think of the consequences. Perhaps the council could investigate putting in speed bumps to stop this potential situation. Thanks, a Terrace resident.
Dave - 07/02/2017 @ 10:00am
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With all the improvements happening along Marine Parade and I have to say it is looking great but WHEN will there be an upgrade to the access to the airport. This has got to be one of the mos dangerous junctions in Napier.
Bridget - 27/01/2017 @ 9:01am
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I have noticed a number of families using the fountains along marine parade as a place to cool down. I wondered if we could not put in a paddling pool, with a fountain in the copious amount of space for those families with littlies who can not afford to take their children to paid facilities. PS when I was a child there was one?
Katika - 22/01/2017 @ 5:53pm
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I don't have any ideas all I want to say is i visited your beautiful city over the xmas break the plans that you have for the marine parade are fantastic enjoyed a walk along the parade perhaps you can give the Christchurch city council some ideas for the marine parade in brighton as it is so boring here
barbara - 19/01/2017 @ 12:31pm
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I am a inner city resident and have real issues trying to find a recycling facility close by. It would be fantastic to see some recycling facilities available in Napier City. A facility at the supermarket or even smaller recycling bins on the streets so people can dispose of plastic in them.
Elisa - 22/11/2016 @ 8:52pm
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I would like to suggest a pedestrian crossing on Wellesley Road from the bus stop over to the Health Centre. I have seen frail old people, mothers with a pram and a small child waiting for a break in the traffic in pouring rain. I think a crossing would relieve some of the stress for people and get them across the road in a safer,more timely manner.
Shirley - 31/08/2016 @ 9:28pm
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Additional focus on sprucing up major arterial routes and main roads either with Tree plantings or some surprise and delights new gardens and strip plantings. Battery Road - could tree boxes similar to Carlyle st be trialled here to break the brutalist look of this road (if ground services allow, then I would ideally see street feature plantings similar to what has been delivered down McGrath street which now looks stunning. Pandora Road median strip - whilst this is likely the responsibility of NZTA- they either don't care/ lack funds to make the strip more visually striking- action needed -
kerry - 09/08/2016 @ 12:21pm
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Make a positive of seemingly never ending excavations in Napier central. At present it is a constant topic of dissatisfaction/negative comment directed at Council. 1. Display boards informing the public: 1. What the work is all about - not one retailer in the area could tell me what was going on. The benefits of the work might then be appreciated & compensate for the pain to some degree. Poor retailers ... 2. The estimated duration of the work At present it represents the ultimate expression of 'mushroom management', without the fertiliser.
peter - 26/07/2016 @ 4:14pm
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I just want give some feedback about the Kashin Parking to pay for car parkig. How FABULOUS!! As a person who very rarely carries cash (let alone coins) these days the ability to pay for my car park via an apt is awesome! The meter man was friendly and helped me set it up and the checked to makes sure I was connected etc. I would love to see this Kashin Parking as an option for all parking meters in Napier. Many Thanks, Kimai Cure
kimai - 26/07/2016 @ 3:43pm
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As a long time Napier resident I've pictured Napier with sandy beaches surrounded by hotels, cafes, bars and water parks. The council has done great work in upgrades along Marine parade with walkways and parks, but what we are missing in this sunny area is sand. We have ONE pocket of sand along near the port and is fantastic, the rest as you know, rocks and shingle. I propose there be an investigation into a short strip of sand, say 1km somewhere along the parade with an artificial reef to reduce the loss of imported sand. There are examples of this being possible in other cities. DO IT!!
Jay - 20/06/2016 @ 9:28pm
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Hi, My name is Andre and I am 11 years old. I think it would be a good idea to build a bridge for people to walk across the creek from Westminster Ave to Bond Field at Park Island. The reasons why I think it is a good idea are 1) People can easily get across to Bond field to watch and play sport 2) It would be safer, because it would mean less traffic on Clyde Jeffery Drive as they could park along Westminster Ave 3) It could be part of the pathway of the Tamatea circuit walk 4) It would look really cool. I look forward to hearing from you. Yours sincerely, Andre Nicholls
Andre - 19/06/2016 @ 2:17pm
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During winter months, it is already dark by the time most people get home from work, and not safe to go out running, walking the dog etc. Even an hour before twilight, it doesn't feel safe on many paths. It would be nice to have somewhere you KNOW you are going to be safe even after dark. Perhaps either Marine Parade or Anderson Park could get temporary lighting and wardens patrolling for a couple of hours a few times a week over these winter months? .... Public safety and health benefits over profits, but if promoted well could help show the council cares?
Louise - 13/05/2016 @ 12:29pm
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Infrastructure
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Every Unmarked Pedestrian Crossing in the CBD. The raised "crossings" on Dickens and Hastings Streets need to be properly designated as pedestrian crossings with white stripes. It's unfair on everyone, especially tourists to leave these visually-cued crossings in legal limbo. Please solve one of the great mysteries (to me) of NZ town planning.
Paul - 11/05/2016 @ 6:21pm
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Dalton/Emerson Pedestrian Crossing. We all know that less than half of all pedestrians use the marked crosswalks, most crossing in between them, confusing traffic as to their legal and moral obligations. There is no best solution - I would suggest additionally designating the entire inbetween the Emerson lane exits a crosswalk since that's where most people cross. A light-controlled crossing is not going to work as no-one has the patience to wait.
Paul - 11/05/2016 @ 6:20pm
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Real Estate Signage - Large real estate agent ""for sale / for lease"" signs should be completely banned in the CBD. More than any other detail I've seen in Napier, they bring down the value and street appeal of our town and make us look like we're going out of business. An A3 sized notice in the window is plenty adequate to advertise a vacancy, etc.
Paul - 11/05/2016 @ 6:18pm
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Commercial Signage in the CBD. The council needs better control over veranda-edge signage in the CBD. The mishmash we have now, although typical of NZ, makes us look a shanty town to tourists accustomed to more the more elegant streets they probably have at home. There is no reason why edge signage can't be restricted to a single size and font on a background of a consistent height to match the veranda edge. Just enough to identify a business name without distracting from the view of building frontages. Full corporate branding can remain on the the footpath hanging signs and shop windows.
Paul - 11/05/2016 @ 6:16pm
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Events/Tourism
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Hopefully these are some ideas that will be considered :) I live in Melbourne but I am pretty passionate about selling Napier to the world as it is my home and really think it is a very underrated city! -Luke
Luke - 06/05/2016 @ 1:53am
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A nice lounge/cafe in the Port for cruise ship passengers to enjoy would give Napier an edge on other ports of call around NZ and even more of a reason to visit Napier or remember it from the rest. I was very surprised to see that Napier no longer has late night shopping on any night of the week. The CBD is dead quiet on Friday nights. Encouraging consumers to spend more and giving proprietors incentives to stay open late can be very beneficial to the economy. This can bring more business and vibrancy to the city and boost the economy just a little bit.
Luke - 06/05/2016 @ 1:52am
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Here are some ideas: A food truck festival. Food trucks are very popular lately. The Council could charge for each truck spot, it would be beneficial because they could bring their business via their truck from anywhere in the country. An observatory/planetarium built on Bluff Hill Lookout. The perfect spot as there is plenty of land up there, it is open sky for night time events of astronomy, it encourages education for youth and is a way to increase tourist numbers up there even more.
Luke - 06/05/2016 @ 1:49am
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Create a ""Walk Of Fame"" like Hollywood, and Las Vegas have on a stretch of pavement, with the names of Napier citizens who've made a difference-contribution to Napier, and famous Napierites.
Raymond - 05/05/2016 @ 5:33pm
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I think Marine land should be turned into a mutiuse pool for all the water sports that are played in Hawkes Bay. Canoe polo is a very popular sport in Hawkes Bay with primary, intermediate and high schools all fielding teams. Currently there are very limited pools to use and many children are turned away from teams due to the limitation on facilites. When pool times are allocated they are on Friday and Saturday nights or very late on weekday nights. At recent national touraments the HB schools were well represented, with many podium finishes. More people play canoe polo than hockey in HB
Ronda - 27/04/2016 @ 3:25pm
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Can we have an additional option that will allow feedback on how the city looks? I wanted to comment on the amazing job our parks and reserves dept does. Whether it's looking after the median strip gardens, the old folks areas, the areas such as Georges Drive or the parks. Anderson park is an amazing asset. The botanical Gardens have been transformed in recent years too. The trees have been looked after so beautifully. The return of so much bird life in this area and into even Anderson Park is also lovely to see and enjoy.
Brian - 20/04/2016 @ 10:39am
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Anderson Park Upgrade - Splash Pad ,water tables, simple spray pieces, big pouring buckets etc for inclusive play for children able bodied and disabled, swing for wheelchairs (like Cornwall Park, Hastings), swing for mums and bubs, birds nest swing, shade cloths over playground equipment, seating for adults, children, drinking fountain, some cartoony bodies so children can put their face into the 'hole' for their fun photo. A pool type fence around the playground. The Clutha District Council has some great ideas for Waihola Domain check out View Link I
Donna - 06/03/2016 @ 5:01pm
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Napier could be enhanced to add to attractions in the town. She proposed to develop Tiffen Park and the Maderia Steps as they are of great historical interest to Napier people. This would be a good walk for cruise ship passengers, a place to celebrate and display great new artists like Rita Angus. As Tiffen was a pioneer bringing innovative crops to the Hawkes Bay area this could be showcased in Tiffen Park. It would require upgrading of the steps, signage and items of interest along the way.
chris - 03/03/2016 @ 8:52am
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A huge sandpit big enough to have beach volley ball would be ideal either along the marine parade, westhore or board walk. Where family groups or community group can enjoy a game. An annual tournament with teams from community, business, inter city all involved. It could also be used for sand art and kids sandcastle competitions, family fun days. Bringing the sand to our stoney beaches and it won't be washed away with the tides. A roll over cover to stop animals using it as a loo, but I am sure it would be a great assest and fun location for events which require sand.
Carole - 01/03/2016 @ 8:26pm
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Regarding Anderson Park Napier - I would like to see a couple of mum and bubs swings put in I'm not sure if you have all seen what I am on about but if not I'll add a link to show you what I mean :) View Link
Carol - 01/03/2016 @ 7:15pm
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Can you extend the Norfolk pine fairy lights in next set of trees from the Information centre to Albion lane please
craig - 29/02/2016 @ 2:38pm
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Please install a safer pedestrian crossing facility on Gloucester Street (near Atawhai) and on Kennedy Road at Anderson Park. Both areas are on very busy roads where our most vulnerable pedestrians in society are at risk of being killed or injured every time they cross the road. Even fit, young pedestrians are at risk crossing these two roads so improved crossing facilities (eg. traffic island, signalised crossing, zebra crossing) would benefit ALL pedestrians who want to cross the road safely. Thank you.
Emily - 29/02/2016 @ 1:17pm
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Art Deco 'green man' at our crossings. In Weelington they have Kate Sheppard - see View Link We could have soem Art Deco silhouettes.
Frances - 22/02/2016 @ 3:27pm
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View Link You asked for ideas for developing the playground at Anderson Park. These people do wonderful playgrounds. You may not be able to employ them as they are in Germany but there are so many good ideas here.
pam - 23/01/2016 @ 5:49pm
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I love the new platform on Marine Parade and have an idea to enhance it .... I once lived in Clevedon in the UK. They have a Victorian pier lined with benches for visitors to enjoy the views. They raised the money to pay for this by inviting the public to sponsor a bench .. each one has a plaque bearing a message and the name of the donors .. typically they are from local families in memory of loved ones who have passed away. I suggest something similar would be a great benefit to Napier and encourage people to spend more time enjoying the new platform.
Paul - 26/12/2015 @ 5:32pm
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I want to bring to your attention a dangerous traffic situation in Pirimai. The intersection of James Foley Ave and McGregor Ave presents a threat to traffic and pedestrians because of the number of cars that are parked throughout the day close to the intersection. These restrict the flow of traffic in all directions at the intersection and require traffic proceeding east on James Foley Ave to cross on the wrong side of the road on a T intersection. The solution is to extend the "" no parking"" yellow lines on the top of the T intersection further to the west.
kerry - 27/11/2015 @ 1:56pm
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Hi there - there is a section of parkland at very the base of Bluff hill between Northe st & Caltex Hyderabad Rd - part of the grassed area is planted out and these planting help stabilise sediment on that hill facing - is there any chance you could plant Rhododendron's - these flowers in winter and look spectacular and would add a massive blast of colour to any ordinary dark spot - this area is an entranceway into Napier and could use a little refresh given its currently mainly lawn - the plants don't mind shade and tough soil so perfect variety for a hardy location. kind regards
kerry - 18/09/2015 @ 2:31pm
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Having had a very keen interest in Ice Skating for many, many years, I feel a permanent ice skating rink could be a great idea for Napier. I feel it would encourage people to become more active as well as providing an opportunity for young and old, single, couples and families to explore what I feel is a very exciting use of one's past time. With the closeness of Hastings to Napier, I also feel that there is a good population base for a project of this kind to be viable. I've also considered starting up a Ice Skating business of my own but will require funding at this stage to do so. Peter
Peter - 09/09/2015 @ 2:26pm
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I think that you need to allow more restaurants and gardens along the marine parade, its been the same since i was a kid, time for some fresh vision and growth...
suzy - 26/08/2015 @ 4:12pm
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Is there any opportunity to enhance the intersection of Emerson St & Dalton. As a suggestion - could a revised ARCH like those that previously existed be brought back updated for 2015 - new look / new look - it would bow tie the street in an art deco manner potentially - add light & colour and if the concept was enhanced and reworked from the original arches - it becomes a living sculpture / piece of art
kerry - 31/07/2015 @ 12:32pm
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Hi there I thought maybe a digger land would be cool with allsorts of different diggers for kids to hop in an play with . saw it on fb in another country they even had a full size tank ! Would be good along the marine parade.
emily - 28/07/2015 @ 4:18pm
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I would like to see many of the pathways in suburban napier cleared of the metal hoops that stop wheelchairs and bicycles from utilising them. There are some great routes that could be opened up to this sort of path user ,(disabled, family use) allowing us to stay off busy roads more often. Also please lose all the small gates on the ride trails. Bikes with trailers cannot use them.
Andrew - 13/07/2015 @ 2:07pm
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I think there should be a free water playground on marine parade that has water timing built in so that it is exciting for kids as they don't know where the water is going to come from. Then at night time it turns into a water and light show for tourists so achieves two objectives. Townsville in Australia has a great one. Photos View Link Youtube video View Link
Lee - 09/07/2015 @ 3:46pm
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