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Vibrant vision for Bay tourism
The vision for Napier's waterfront will be in 10-year plan documents
due to be put before the public early this year, says mayor Barbara
She agreed the area was dated and disjointed and said designers
were working on artist's impressions to include in the long-term plan.
Mrs Arnott said public consultation held so far over what to do with the
reserve had shown that people wanted family-friendly areas, ''not big
buildings that they have to pay to get into''.
She said there would be plantings, seating, barbecues and possibly
areas for entertainment, linking existing facilities such as the
aquarium, playground and swimming complex.
The court battle over the closing of Marineland had impacted on the
council's ability to make plans for the area, she said.
The difficulty was integrating modern facilities with those built in the
past, such as the soundshell and the war memorial, she said.
''Nothing along there is sacrosant, but you wouldn't go in there with a
By DIANE JOYCE
Hawke's Bay needs a top-class
hotel, maybe a Hilton in Hastings,
and Napier City Council needs to
do something about Marine Pde,
says Hawke's Bay Tourism's
chairman George Hickton.
He said a large hotel was
needed to cater for conference
delegations and larger tours.
That could include a brand-
name hotel that would attract
tourists, including Americans, he
said, citing the huge'' success of
the Hilton in Taupo.
It would be fantastic if we
could have a Hilton.
Americans will go where there
is a Hilton.
It is the sort of thing you need
to get these visitors.''
He said Hawke's Bay could rely
on growing cruise numbers, pro-
vided infrastructure kept up with
the burgeoning number of visitors.
We're a very attractive cruise
destination . . . people like coming
However he said one of Napier's
prime areas needed serious
Marine Pde looked a little like
the 1950s, nothing's happened
there and it needs to become a
vibrant place to visit,'' he told the
Hawke's Bay Regional Council
last Wednesday during a presen-
tation on the organisation's aims
heading towards 2030.
In the wake of the meeting he
said the foreshore was an
In towns and cities across New
Zealand and the world, water-
fronts have been developed for
socialising and entertainment.
Now's the time to sit down and
format a vision for the Napier
He said the problems over the
closure of Marineland, which was
caught up in a legal process with
a group who wanted it reopened,
should be put to one side, and
plans formatted for the rest of the
area. The development that was
done there was done years ago.
The world's changed, we need to
think differently about how to use
it.''A key part of the organisation's
plans included the co-ordination
of events and the introduction of
A new events co-ordinator is
due to start this month.
Mr Hickton said the region
already hosted some very good
national sporting tournaments
and that type of event should be
encouraged. We have some big
ones, and we need to fill in the
gaps. The people that enter those
events and the people that come
with them fill the motels and
The plan was to make it as easy
as possible to organise events in
Hawke's Bay, with Hawke's Bay
Tourism providing the central
point of contact''.
Hawke's Bay Tourism's aims
included doubling visitor numbers
by 2030, making Marine Pde a
showpiece for events and
recreation, developing Napier
Airport into the centre for pro-
moting the best of Hawke's Bay'',
and promoting the Hawke's Bay
cycle trails so they become inter-
nationally regarded as a must-do
visitor experience in New Zea-
What the world's media are saying
about Hawke's Bay, page 10.
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Sunday, February 5
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