"Perfume Point" remains the name

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The New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa (NZGB) has decided not to proceed with moves to assign the name ‘East Pier Point’ to the Hawke’s Bay feature known locally as ‘Perfume Point’.

Although known by a number of unofficial names, including ‘Perfume Point’, this feature - at the mouth ofNapier’s Ahuriri Estuary - is not officially named.

"The NZGB proposed ‘East Pier Point’ to aid in maritime safety, as ‘East Pier’ has been on nautical charts since 1975. But during public consultation, only one submission supporting this name was received," said NZGB Secretary Wendy Shaw.

"In contrast 209 objecting submissions, including one from the Napier City Council, were received - 68 percent preferring ‘Perfume Point’, and another 30 percent wanting ‘Doris Point’ - showing the local community to be overwhelmingly opposed to the proposed name.

"The NZGB will advise Napier City Council that if it wants to officially name the point it can do so through the usual NZGB processes following public and mana whenua consultation."

Marine Parade redevelopment will start in January

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The major construction phase of Napier’s iconic Marine Parade redevelopment will begin in the New Year.

While construction was due to begin before Christmas, it was decided it would be less disruptive to both tourists and locals over the Christmas-New Year period if the work didn’t begin in earnest until January.

"There has been a lot of construction work along Marine Parade and in Napier’s Central Business District this year, so we thought it would be good to give everyone a break before we get into this project," said Marine Parade redevelopment committee chairman Keith Price. "Starting the work early in 2016 won’t affect our goal of having everything open for business by December next year."

The redevelopment will incorporate water features, sculptures, a world-class skating facility and an area for outdoor concerts incorporating the former Marineland grandstand. The former Marineland site is to become a skating area designed by world-renowned skate park designer Richard Smith, catering for all levels of roller skaters, skateboarders as well as other roller sports such as roller derby and artistic skating.

The committee had worked hard with Paris Magdalinos Architects to ensure the final design, which was inspired by Maori mythology and the local environment, was innovative and multi-purpose.

Pathways will lead to lookout points aligned with Mahia and Cape Kidnappers, and will feature carvings and sculpted edges. There will also be a series of bubble-up water features leading to a feature pool with LED-lit computerised water jets.

New car parking to service both the new skate park and the existing playground area has been provided, and a significant car parking facility will be retained where the current leased parking is located, but it will be accessible as casual public parking as part of the redevelopment.

Free parking trial to go ahead in Hastings.


A trial of free parking will go ahead in the Hastings CBD – but only for four months, not eight.

At Hastings District Council’s full meeting yesterday, councillors voted 10-3 in favour of scrapping parking charges in the CBD from November 1 to the February next year in a move to help struggling inner-city retailers.

During the trial, time limits will remain but charges will be scrapped at the city’s one and two hour on-street metered car parks,  while shoppers will also get up to three hours free parking at the city’s off-street  pay-and-display spaces.

The option of an eight-month trial was included in a parking review report prepared by council staff, however councillors opted for the shorter trial period, reportedly over cost concerns.

It was estimated the eight-month trial would have cost council $330,000 in lost parking revenue, while the four-month trial is set to cost $211,000.

Councillors will consider making the change permanent after a review of the trial is completed but were told yesterday that such a move, which would require public consultation before going ahead, could cost council around $900,000.

Council collected $473,000 in parking fees and $543,000 in parking infringements and fines in the 2014/15 year.

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