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Council and Portside restaurant maintain Napier’s architectural heritage

Council and Portside restaurant maintain Napier’s architectural heritage

An important piece of Napier’s heritage has been restored and saved for future generations to appreciate.

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Behind the lens

Behind the lens

It isn’t often we get to hear from those who take photos for a living - they would rather let all the attention b...

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Napier students spruce up ‘Secret Pathway’

Napier students spruce up ‘Secret Pathway’

A section of the Guys Hill Road Reserve, between Ormond Road and Guys Hill Road on Napier Hill, has had a spruce up...

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Reignier community enjoys moon-lit Matariki celebration

Reignier community enjoys moon-lit Matariki celebration

Students from Reignier Catholic School began their school day by moonlight on Friday, 2 July, as part of their Mata...

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Liv Flynn – HB Bird and Wildlife Rescue Trust

Liv Flynn – HB Bird and Wildlife Rescue Trust

Liv Flynn has been rescuing animals since she was eight years old, so when an incurable illness prevented her from ...

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Mary Mohawk and Lisa Tohiariki – Maraenui Hub volunteers

Mary Mohawk and Lisa Tohiariki – Maraenui Hub volunteers

Today’s volunteers in the spotlight are Mary Mohawk and Lisa Tohiariki – two wāhine toa who work tirelessly fo...

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Reignier Catholic School volunteer - Kristi Lambert

Reignier Catholic School volunteer - Kristi Lambert

In honour of National Volunteer Week this week, we are featuring a few of the many amazing volunteers that give the...

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Dave Halliday – volunteer at Napier Citizens Advice Bureau

Dave Halliday – volunteer at Napier Citizens Advice Bureau

In honour of National Volunteer Week this week, we are featuring a few of the many amazing volunteers that give the...

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National Volunteer Week 20 – 26 June

National Volunteer Week 20 – 26 June

In honour of National Volunteer Week this week, we are featuring a few of the many amazing volunteers that give the...

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Spotlight on Music Machine

Spotlight on Music Machine

If you’re into music or football, chances are you’ve come across Richie Jackman.

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Mural adds colour and culture to Ahuriri Park

Mural adds colour and culture to Ahuriri Park

A vibrant mural by Napier artist, Ryan Edwards, has brought the once dreary ablution block in Ahuriri Park, in Batt...

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Lockdown inspires top award by Napier sculptor

Lockdown inspires top award by Napier sculptor

Napier-based sculptor, Ben Pearce, has been named the winner of the prestigious ‘4 Plinth Award’ from the Welli...

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Whānau at heart of Maraenui netball

Whānau at heart of Maraenui netball

Every Saturday morning during winter, three netball teams from the Maraenui Rugby and Sports Association, along wit...

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Volunteers needed for long-standing community service

Volunteers needed for long-standing community service

Do you have some spare time on your hands and fancy a good challenge? If so, you could well be the perfect voluntee...

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ANZAC speech competition poignant reminder of sacrifices made

ANZAC speech competition poignant reminder of sacrifices made

Budding young public speakers from Taradale and surrounding districts schools had their chance in the spotlight rec...

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Youthful touch to ANZAC Commemoration

Youthful touch to ANZAC Commemoration

More than 1000 students from Taradale and surrounding schools, along with parents, special guests including Napier ...

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Rest home opens doors for teen

Rest home opens doors for teen

Fourteen-year-old Sacred Heart College student, Sophie Richardson, would never have thought that spending time with...

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Night sky tour captivates local audience

Night sky tour captivates local audience

Most people leaving the Hawke’s Bay Holt Planetarium after visiting have only one word – “Wow!”

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Community spirit surges in school tsunami evacuation

Community spirit surges in school tsunami evacuation

Located a mere few hundred metres from Westshore beach, Westshore Primary School Principal, Martin Madden has argua...

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Taradale RSA brings generations together

Taradale RSA brings generations together

There’s something going on at the Taradale RSA and it’s something quite wonderful.

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Whale sightings a privilege on Napier’s doorstep

Whale sightings a privilege on Napier’s doorstep

Napier locals frequenting the Westshore and Ahuriri coastlines have the privilege of witnessing whales and dolphins...

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Koha Cups – a sustainable way to get your coffee fix

Koha Cups – a sustainable way to get your coffee fix

Self-proclaimed ‘Waste Warrior’ Zeb White and her Koha Cups initiative has caused a buzz about the town.

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Local production pushes boundaries of live performance

Local production pushes boundaries of live performance

Napier Theatre Company’s inaugural production, Equus, will take the stage at MTG’s Century Theatre from April 2...

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Blokarting – exhilarating fun for everyone!

Blokarting – exhilarating fun for everyone!

Based at Lagoon Farm, off Prebensen Drive, Blokart HB is home to one of the country’s most exhilarating land-base...

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Napier friends launch website changing the way people do real estate

Napier friends launch website changing the way people do real estate

It’s fair to say Matt Finlayson and Nathaniel Wright are pretty good mates. The 30-year-olds met at Napier Boys...

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Dress for Success suits up for Napier

Dress for Success suits up for Napier

Women seeking advice and encouragement to take the plunge back into the workforce will soon have the support from D...

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Revitalisation of culture at heart of Korowai wānanga

Revitalisation of culture at heart of Korowai wānanga

A wānanga held in Maraenui recently saw 40 locals walk away with their own hand-crafted korowai, along with a deep...

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Scout hall mural a 30-year dream come true

Scout hall mural a 30-year dream come true

A dream of having a mural beautify the external wall of Napier’s St Augustine’s Scout Hall has finally become a...

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Napier Pre-Loved Market a chance to shop quality clothing sustainably

Napier Pre-Loved Market a chance to shop quality clothing sustainably

The inaugural Napier Pre-Loved Market is being held this Saturday, January 16 at Asher Hall, Tennyson Street, Napie...

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Garden gifted to the Taradale community by high school students

Garden gifted to the Taradale community by high school students

When Taradale High School got the green light to return after the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown, a group of like-min...

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Napier people generous despite difficult year

Napier people generous despite difficult year

Despite navigating a pandemic and severe flooding event, you have continued to support the Napier Community Foodban...

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Social club combats social isolation for older people

Social club combats social isolation for older people

Introducing Elsie Tonks – volunteer extraordinaire! Elsie has been busy in the kitchen providing lunches to mem...

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Henry Hill School Flood Recovery: “This is tough, but we are tougher”

Henry Hill School Flood Recovery: “This is tough, but we are tougher”

The inspirational Henry Hill School Principal is well-known for motivating his staff, students and school community...

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Everyone welcome at Sunday sunrise yoga

Everyone welcome at Sunday sunrise yoga

Napier people have been given the opportunity to start their Sundays with sunrise yoga this summer, thanks to Napie...

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River bike jumps a labour of love

River bike jumps a labour of love

Locals frequenting the Tutaekuri River in Taradale have watched with intrigue as some serious looking bike jumps ha...

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Crombie Scholarship eases university costs for Napier students

Crombie Scholarship eases university costs for Napier students

Feelings of disbelief and amazement came over Napier teens, Jacob Driver and Roisin Kenny recently, when they were ...

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Restaurant meals a welcome relief for Napier’s flood victims

Restaurant meals a welcome relief for Napier’s flood victims

Shocked to see so many Napier homes underwater, Napier’s Restaurant Indonesia gathered their staff together and q...

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Thoughtful mural brings vibrancy to Pirimai community

Thoughtful mural brings vibrancy to Pirimai community

Accomplished Napier artists, Vee Hoy, Dali and Ryan Edwards were inspired by local children for their latest art in...

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Beach-based pod makes fitness accessible, affordable and achievable

Beach-based pod makes fitness accessible, affordable and achievable

Napier’s Marine Parade is home to New Zealand’s very first beach-based fitness pod, ‘Domynis’.

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Hawke’s Bay Readers and Writers Week

Hawke’s Bay Readers and Writers Week

Napier will host four events that are part of Hawke’s Bay Readers and Writers Week from 16-18 October, after the ...

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A new theatre company for Napier

A new theatre company for Napier

The Napier Theatre Company will establish itself in our CBD with the goal of making the arts financially accessible...

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New cyclist and pedestrian pathway

New cyclist and pedestrian pathway

A new limestone pathway will run from the corner of Ulyatt Road & Harold Holt Avenue along the outskirts of Pirimai...

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Recovery Fund helps with central city vibrancy

Recovery Fund helps with central city vibrancy

Napier City Business Inc. (NCBI) successfully applied for funding to create a marketing video to promote Napier’s...

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Nourished for Nil now serving Napier

Nourished for Nil now serving Napier

Their goal is to minimise the food waste in Hawke's Bay and keep the community nourished for nil.

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Gleeson Park kept beautiful by Napier Central School

Gleeson Park kept beautiful by Napier Central School

In 2009 Napier Central School approached Napier City Council wanting to adopt a green space. Gleeson Park was sugge...

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Planit Events branches out to stay afloat

Planit Events branches out to stay afloat

Planit Events is a Hawke’s Bay owned and operated event management company. Another arm to their business is Plan...

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LIFT Social Enterprise helps unemployed rangatahi

LIFT Social Enterprise helps unemployed rangatahi

LIFT Social Enterprise is launching a youth enterprise hub called LIFT Business - Creating Jobs, Creating Futures a...

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Walking tour highlights Māori history and culture

Walking tour highlights Māori history and culture

Koru Enterprises has created a very special "Napier Cultural Walking Tour", which takes manuhiri (visitors) on an a...

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New opportunities for small businesses

New opportunities for small businesses

Boutique Children's Clothing manufacturer 'Annie and Me', by Suzanne and Unique Hand Crafted Native Timber products...

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Onekawa School students collect food for the vulnerable

Onekawa School students collect food for the vulnerable

After hearing news about job losses because of the pandemic, Onekawa School Assistant Principal Tim Race thought ab...

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Taradale High students show their concern

Taradale High students show their concern

Before the lockdown began, Taradale High School student leaders Matthew Adams and Jasmine Wynne wanted to do someth...

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Te Oranga Pūmanawa – giving rangatahi hope for the future

Te Oranga Pūmanawa – giving rangatahi hope for the future

Lockdown presented extra challenges for Te Oranga Pūmanawa, a Maraenui based personal development programme for 16...

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The People’s support local people

The People’s support local people

The People’s aren’t your typical insurance and financial advisors. Matt and Bernard are determined to build the...

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Tākaro Trails adapts to the domestic tourist market

Tākaro Trails adapts to the domestic tourist market

Tākaro Trails has been operating in Napier for over 10 years. Its core business is getting visitors onto the wonde...

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Walking to promote wellbeing

Walking to promote wellbeing

Ange Tremain started Mojo Journeys to support and enable people to live life better. Walking in Nature is the pilla...

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HB Music Hub supports local artists

HB Music Hub supports local artists

HB Music Hub’s live music sessions are a great way to support our local musicians while large scale concerts and ...

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Fitness goes online during lockdown

Fitness goes online during lockdown

Personal trainer Danielle Paki of Booti Fix made sure the lockdown period wouldn’t hinder the fitness levels of h...

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 English Language Partners HB provides learning online

English Language Partners HB provides learning online

Usually English Language Partners Hawke's Bay would offer face to face English language classes to new New Zealande...

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 Health for whānau and pregnant mums during lockdown

Health for whānau and pregnant mums during lockdown

During the lockdown, Harlem-Cruz Ihaia made sure to spend quality time with her family. But she wasn’t satisfied ...

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Mutual support the key to a positive lockdown experience

Mutual support the key to a positive lockdown experience

Laura Jeffares is one talented woman who is known by many locals for her beautiful floral arrangements and her fun ...

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Hawke’s Bay at Home helps hospitality industry

Hawke’s Bay at Home helps hospitality industry

hbathome.co.nz is a hugely successful website launched during the lockdown, helping over 100 hospitality owners and...

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 NCF Church ensures the isolated are not forgotten

NCF Church ensures the isolated are not forgotten

NCF Church, based in Taradale, hasn’t let the lockdown hold them up. Church members stayed connected with Sunday ...

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Photography competition brings virtual life to CBD

Photography competition brings virtual life to CBD

Aaron Torres recently won the #mynapier photography competition run by Napier City Business Inc (NCBI)

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 KILT makes the most of lockdown

KILT makes the most of lockdown

KILT used the lockdown period wisely by upskilling and training their staff nationwide using digital technology, in...

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Jambo Hobbies rebrands in lockdown

Jambo Hobbies rebrands in lockdown

Jambo Hobbies spent the lockdown working on rebranding the store to "Lovecraft Game Store", setting up a website an...

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