Napier Street Art – Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans

PangeaSeed Foundation is an international organisation that takes oceans into the streets to raise awareness of marine environment issues like pollution, plastic use and over fishing. They use what they call ARTivism – a combination of art and activism to educate and inspire people around the world to think more about their environmental impact, and it is done in a creative and thought provoking way …….

Frank And Mimi

Responsible Consumption

‘Responsible Consumption’ by Frank & Mimi. “Plastic – The Modern Miracle That Never Breaks Down” (Napier Sailing Club in Ahuriri)

House of Meggs

'Message in a Bottle' - Plastic Pollution (this is only a small part of a much larger mural). By Meggs & Phibs

‘Message in a Bottle’ – Plastic Pollution (this

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Art Deco Masonic Hotel in Napier

There’s a rave review ahead for Art Deco Masonic Hotel in Napier. We remember when the hotel had a Breakers Cafe on the ground floor, what a transformation! In 2012 the hotel was renovated significantly and many of its Art Deco features were restored. The work of the owners’ was recognised recently when they picked up two awards at Hospitality NZ Awards for Excellence – Best Accommodation, and the top award – Supreme Award Winner.

From Breakers to Emporium Eatery & Bar

From Breakers to Emporium Eatery & Bar

We checked in to a Superior Queen Room to find we had French doors opening to the balcony … Read the rest

Art Deco Napier

It’s all about Art Deco in Napier, the architectural style that typifies many of the buildings that rose from the devastation of the Hawkes Bay earthquake. The earthquake shook Napier’s business district from its foundations on the morning of 3 February 1931. More than 250 people died in the Hawkes Bay region and buildings that didn’t collapse in Napier’s city centre initially were then mostly destroyed by fire and subsequent aftershocks.

One of the photos on a wall in the city - looking down Upper Emerson Street after the earthquake

One of the photos on a wall in the city – looking down Upper Emerson Street after the earthquake

But like the Art Deco image of the rising … Read the rest

Ring the Westminster Chimes at The Faraday Centre in Napier

The Faraday Centre is a historical technology museum, it’s a hands on sort of place so you get to push, pull and make stuff go, not just look at it. You’ll find all sorts of weird and intriguing things like a Uranus electric mouse trap, a dishwasher from 1925, a 1907 Rover car, and old and unusual typewriters.

Ring the Westminster Chimes at The Faraday Centre

Ring the Westminster Chimes at The Faraday Centre

You can use the pneumatic conveyor system that once transferred money in cannisters through a series of pipes around Westerman’s Department Store in Hastings. Curiously, C1 Espresso in Christchurch are using a similar system … Read the rest

Turkish Delight – Sea Breeze B&B in Napier

There are three themed rooms at Sea Breeze B&B in Napier – Imperial Asian, Turkish and Indian. Our choice was the Turkish room – it’s a visual delight with its rich red walls and gold trimmings. The room, and infact the whole B&B is so well maintained we felt like the first guests, however Cafer and Fiona have been hosting visitors for over 10 years.

Turkish Room, Sea Breeze B&B

Turkish Room, Sea Breeze B&B

Indian Room

Indian Room

The Turkish room has its own ensuite, the rich colours don’t continue in to the bathroom – it’s all white and spotless. There’s an LCD TV in all … Read the rest

Take a walk with words

Take a walk with words to celebrate National Poetry Day …..

Haiku Pathway, Katikati
Sandwiched between Robert Harris Cafe and Hammer Hardware in Katikati you’ll find the main entrance to the Haiku Pathway.The haiku are engraved on boulders along the path that follows Uretara Stream ….

Haiku by Barry Morrall

Haiku by Barry Morrall

Haiku by Patricia Prime

Haiku by Patricia Prime

Haiku by Jeanette Stace

Haiku by Jeanette Stace

Haiku by Margaret Beverland

Haiku by Margaret Beverland

Words on Walls in Napier
Many of Napier’s streets are named after poets, it seems a natural progression to write Words on Walls….

Words from the novel 'Owls Do Cry' by Janet Frame (1924-2004)

Words from the novel ‘Owls Do Cry’ by Janet Frame (1924-2004)

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Curious ways with food

Inject it – Mister D, 47 Tennyson Street, Napier
Mister D are the pioneers of the DIY doughnut. Served warm, the doughnuts are covered in sugar and cinnamon, and come with a side syringe of custard, jelly or chocolate. They’re capital D’licious.

DIY doughnut at Mister D

DIY doughnut at Mister D

DIY doughnut - Capital D'licious

DIY doughnut – Capital D’licious

Unbake it – The Little Bird UnBakery, 385 New North Road, Kingsland
The Little Bird Unbakery in Auckland keeps it cool with their raw, organic and sugar free menu. Nothing is heated above 46°C, including the coffee. Being sugar free doesn’t mean a lack of treats in the … Read the rest