Napier City Council

Also known as:

  • Te Kaunihera o Ahuriri

Napier City Council is the territorial authority of Napier City in the Hawke's Bay region.

Known as the 'Art Deco Capital,' the city was heavily damaged in a massive earthquake on Tuesday morning, 3 February 1931. The shaking and subsequent fires destroyed most of the commercial heart of Napier and caused the deaths of 162 people.

Occurring during the Great Depression, the rebuilding of Napier happened in a compressed timeframe. Consequently in your walk through contemporary Napier you will get to see great examples of a range of 1930s architecture including "Stripped Classical, Spanish Mission, and above all Art Deco, the style of the 20th Century. Napier's Art Deco is unique, with Maori motifs and the buildings of Louis Hay, admirer of the great Frank Lloyd Wright." (Art Deco Capital)

See also:

Laurence Karasek, ‘Bio-Morphic Sculpture’ (1969), Sunken Garden, Ahuriri Napier

Image: Public Art Heritage Aotearoa New Zealand, 2021