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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.

Assessment of Council staff as “very good” rated more highly than in all other previous years - the Mayor and Councillors also found favour with the majority of those participating in the survey. Seventy percent of residents felt happy with the amount of information provided by Council to the community through its various channels.

Gardens and green space are important to residents, with an impressive 96% rating Napier’s public gardens, street beds and trees very or fairly satisfactory. Napier also performed well in the areas of parks and reserves, refuse collection and water supply.

As visitor numbers to MTG Hawke’s Bay continue to grow year on year, so too has its acceptance and approval rating, according to the NRB survey. It rated 7% higher than it did in 2015, showing a slow but steady increase in satisfaction.

Areas for improvement were also identified by the survey, with inner city parking and swimming pools the focus for residents questioned.

Mayor Bill Dalton says he’s very pleased with the results of this year’s survey, particularly as they show growth in key areas.

“It’s no secret that MTG had a soft start when it opened in 2013 but it’s heartening to see how the team’s dedication and hard work is starting to take effect," Mayor Dalton says.

"I’m particularly thrilled with the high number finding Napier a desirable place to live. Napier is a wonderful world-class city, full of opportunities for growth, and it’s fantastic that Napier residents are increasingly aware of this gem they are lucky enough to find themselves in!”

The survey, of 454 residents of Napier city, was conducted in early June.

30 August 2016

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