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Children's Games underway
The first day of competition got underway for the Napier Port Children’s Games team at the 48th International Children’s Games at Lake Macquarie, New South Wales. The 18-strong team, the first to represent New Zealand at the Games, took part in the opening ceremony on the 7th December before competitions for the swimmers, sailors BMX riders and footballers began the following morning.
8 December 2014
The first day of summer 2014 saw Napier City Council launch a new brand campaign. Locals will see 'Napier Now' popping up around our city over the next few months. Why? Because we think it’s time to celebrate who we are and what we’ve achieved. Our history has taken us on an extraordinary journey leading to where we are today – to Napier Now.
3 December 2014
Annual Report for 2013/14 now available
Napier City Council’s 2013/14 Annual Report and Annual Report Summary are now available. Printed copies of the document can be obtained from the Reception Desk, Civic Building, Hastings Street, Napier, or by phoning (06) 835 7579.
1 December 2014
Countdown for team begins
On Wednesday night (19 November) the 18-strong team – in their new team uniforms - met supporters and sponsors, including the Napier City Council, at a special event held at the MTG Century Theatre foyer. The Napier Port is the naming rights sponsor for the team of swimmers, sailors, BMX riders and footballers, selected with the help of Sport Hawke’s Bay. They will be representing the city and New Zealand at the 48th International Children’s Games at Lake Macquarie, New South Wales, between 6 and 11 December.
21 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
New ride for local cyclist
If it wasn’t for her car breaking down some years ago, there is a good chance Willi Salisbury may never have taken up cycling and put herself in a position to win the major spot prize at Sunday’s Strata Group Tour of the Bay Fun Ride. For the next 12 months Willi will be driving a brand new Hyundai Santa Fe, courtesy of Bayswater Vehicles. The Tour of the Bay, which counts the Napier City Council as one of its supporters, celebrates its 25th anniversary next year.
21 October 2014
Footprints from the past
A display of paintings, and talks by fossil experts complement the Dinosaur Footprints: A Journey of Discovery exhibition opening at the National Aquarium of New Zealand on Friday, Hawke’s Bay Anniversary Day (24 October). The exhibition features replicas of the footprints discovered by GNS Science geologist Greg Browne in sedimentary rock in northwest Nelson.
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
Napier icon a boat safety supporter
A Napier icon has been helping Maritime New Zealand spread the word about the importance of wearing a lifejacket.
16 October 2014
Flash moves from Napier flash mob
A flash mob kicked off by Rezpect Dance Crew outside the Napier library on Wednesday morning certainly added some groove to the International Day of the Older Person celebrations.
2 October 2014
Napier City Council to be key sponsor of Hawke’s Bay Show
The Napier City Council has come on board as a key sponsor of the Hawke’s Bay Show.
25 September 2014
Octopus leaves his mark
The National Aquarium of New Zealand’s latest many-legged addition has a new name.
18 September 2014
New sponsor for Napier team
The Napier Port has become the naming rights sponsor for the talented team of teens representing Napier at the 48th International Children’s Games in Australia later in 2014.
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
Richard McGrath elected to Napier City Council
Napier nurse Richard McGrath admits he was slightly stunned by news he is Napier’s newest city councillor.
19 August 2014
MTG director to resign
The director of MTG Hawke’s Bay will stand down at the end of the year. Douglas Lloyd Jenkins announced today he will resign in December to pursue other interests. “After more than eight years in the job, I am extremely proud of my achievements as director of MTG Hawke’s Bay and its predecessor Hawke’s Bay Museum & Art Gallery,” he said.
15 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
Ultra-marathon runner to introduce Napier athletes at fundraising evening
Athletes representing New Zealand for the first time ever at the International Children’s Games (ICG) in Australia later this year will be officially introduced at a fundraising evening featuring New Zealand ultra-marathon runner, Lisa Tamati, on Tuesday, 1 July. Lisa is among the top female ultra-athletes in the world and has run distances equivalent to three times around the planet. She will speak publicly at the MTG Century Theatre at 6pm about achieving individual dreams regardless of the boundaries life may throw at you. Tickets are $12 and are available from Napier Municipal Theatre, MTG Hawke’s Bay or Pettigrew-Green Arena. Napier Mayor, Bill Dalton, says the 18 athletes will be honoured to be officially introduced in front of such an elite sportsperson, as well as their families, friends and supporters.
27 June 2014
Napier City Council adopts 2014-15 Annual Plan
Napier City Council’s Annual Plan for 2014/15 has now been adopted. The Annual Plan outlines what the Council proposes to deliver in the next financial year and identifies any variations from the last Ten Year Plan. Highlights of the plan are: A rates increase of just 1.8% $3 million reduction of internal loans due to cost savings from the Advanced Waste Water Treatment Project The Council-funded extension of Ford Road Napier Mayor, Bill Dalton, says despite reduced funding from NZ Transport Authority, the Ford Road extension is a vital project for unlocking Onekawa access and providing economic development opportunities as well as addressing transport issues in Prebensen Drive.
19 June 2014
Findings from review pave positive future for MTG HB
Napier City Council is looking forward to a positive future for MTG Hawke’s Bay having received the final review on the facility from McDermott Miller Strategies. Since MTG Hawke’s Bay re-opened in September in 2013 Napier City Council acknowledged some fine tuning was required in order for the facility to operate to its full potential, and commissioned the independent review. Napier City Council Chief Executive, Wayne Jack says the Council initiated the review with the aim of finding the right path forward for MTG Hawke’s Bay.
19 June 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
Filipino community show thanks through dance
Napier’s Municipal Theatre will come alive with colour and culture this Sunday as Hawke’s Bay’s Filipino community treat spectators to traditional dance and music. The concert is a thank you to the people of Hawkes Bay for their generosity shown after the calamitous typhoon which struck the Philippines in 2013. The show will be based around traditional Filipino dance and music by the Philippine Baranggay Folk Dance Troup and Wellington’s Filipino Festival Dance Group. Authentic refreshments will be available at the conclusion of the performance.
11 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
Hawke’s Bay Funders Forum Workshop
More than a hundred people attended the Hawke’s Bay Funders Forum Workshop held at the Napier War Memorial Conference Centre on 4 June 2014. Deputy Mayor Faye White welcomed the attendees who represented community groups and trusts from Napier, Hastings, Central Hawke’s Bay and Wairoa. Presentations were made by Charities Services, Eastern & Central Community Trust, Sport Hawke’s Bay and the Department of Internal Affairs. They focused on increasing community groups’ success when applying for grants, gave tips on good governance, managing people and succession planning to continue the good work.
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
Napier boat business shines on national stage
Napier business, Dickey Boats, has scooped four awards at the New Zealand Boat Show held in Auckland recently. The family owned and operated business, established in 2007, won Boat of the Show Overall Winner, Best New Model and Aluminium Fishing Boat Open 2014 for the Dickey Boats Custom 950 and Boat of the Show All Purpose Open for the Dickey Boats Custom 750 XS. Napier Mayor, Bill Dalton, says he’s delighted to see a local business thriving alongside national and international competitors.
21 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
Taradale Town Centre development extended
Work is now underway on the upgrade of the Puketapu Road/Gloucester Street intersection in Taradale as a continuation of the Taradale Town Centre development. The intent is to continue the Taradale theme through the intersection southwards on Gloucester Street for around 30-40 metres past the intersection. Napier City Council Road Asset Manager, Jon Schwass says a pre requisite of the upgrade is the installation of a new storm water main along Puketapu Road from Devonshire Place to the roundabout, and then southwards along Gloucester Street for approximately 70 metres.
16 May 2014
Napier Councillor Rob Lutter to resign
Napier City Councillor Rob Lutter will resign from his position next week after being approached to lead a national charitable foundation. Cr Lutter, a fourth term councillor, recently accepted a position as CEO of @Heart, a charity that supports New Zealand children and families affected by congenital heart disease. He will resign on May 22.
15 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
HB Airport opens runway for cyclists in a NZ first
In a New Zealand first, Hawke’s Bay Airport will allow cyclists to ‘Ride the Runway’ on Sunday, April 20, as part of the Hawke’s Bay cycle event, The Big Easy’s ‘Not So Easy’ component. The normally highly restricted air strip has been made available for one hour, between 10-11am, and cyclists can take part in two ways.
9 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
BMX pump track could be next for Marine Parade
A BMX pump track could be the icing on the cake for Napier’s Marine Parade, with Napier City Council releasing plans for the proposed active recreation facility for public consultation today. The proposed BMX pump track would be located at the southern end of Marine Parade, opposite Ellison Street, and would complement the Napier Skate Park, Reef Garden and Amphitheatre already in the pipeline.
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
Art Deco Weekend another showcase success for Napier
Napier City Council congratulates the people of Napier and the Art Deco Trust for another hugely successful Art Deco Weekend event. Napier City Council Chief Executive, Wayne Jack, says it was an amazing spectacle to see the streets packed with people.
28 February 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
Emergency Water Tanks a Coup for Napier Civil Defence
Napier City Council is helping residents prepare for an emergency by getting behind an initiative to sell emergency rain water tanks to the public.
20 December 2013