Thursday, 4 March 2021

Napier – Art Deco and a big Earthquake



Napier is a medium sized city on the east coast of the North Island.


As a result of a big earthquake in 1931 a lot of the city was destroyed and 256 people were killed.  


It was then rebuilt in an art deco style – the biggest concentration of that style of art deco in New Zealand, if not anywhere.


This is Pania of the Reef a statue on Marine Parade.  She was an ocean maiden who fell in love with and married Karitoki (the handsome son of a Maori chief).  He tried to trick her into staying on land but she escaped back to the sea.  He never saw her again.


Napier serves a large and successful wine growing region – the Hawke's Bay.  Hawke's Bay wineries include Church Road, Craggy Range, Black Barn, Elephant Hill and Te Mata Estate.  Buy a wine from one of these and you will be very pleased.

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