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The big don't argue: Napier Old Boys Marist
No 8 and captain Michael Johnson puts out
the fend on Leafi Tupuola in NOBM's 44-20
win over Taradale in a Nash Cup clash at
Taradale on Saturday. The Nash Cup was
first presented in 1968 in honour of J R
''Reg'' Nash, long-time secretary of the
Hastings Rugby Football sub union.
More sports coverage page 23
Photo: GRANT REABURN GREATPHOTOS.CO.NZ
Biggest city project in years
Hastings St: Farmers' frontage will retain heritage facades.
By NEILL GORDON
Napier's huge Farmers department store
development is being praised for retaining
heritage buildings but criticised for turning
its back on Marine Parade.
Mayor Barbara Arnott says the develop-
ment between Hastings St and Marine Par-
ade, the biggest in the inner city for
decades, will be great for Napier.
Farmers had worked pretty well'' with
the council and was retaining heritage
features including facades of the art deco
Odeon Theatre and Callinicos buildings.
Although there would be no customer
entrance on the Marine Parade for now, the
council had been assured there could be in
the future and we're content with that at
the moment'', Ms Arnott says.
The main issue for Farmers in choosing
not to have two entrances was store secur-
ity, she says.
From Hastings St, the store will still
appear to be three buildings, but they will
be linked inside. Four small shops will
occupy the front of the Odeon building, and
the Callinicos Building will be recessed
slightly. The distinctive theatre roof-line of
the Odeon will be retained.
Napier's first escalator will take shoppers
to the upper floor, which will be all retail
and office space for Farmers.
Napier Inner City marketing manager
Meg Rodel says she is delighted a signifi-
cant national chain is choosing to stay in
We are totally supportive,'' she says.
It was regrettable, however, that there
would be no link with the seafront.
Marine Parade is a significant gateway
to Napier and its not that welcoming
because there are very few shops that have
a frontage there.
The Marine Parade hasn't been devel-
oped or had much spent on it in a long time.
I know there's that children's play-
ground but I think to some extent the Par-
ade is under-utilised and if it was more
vibrant there'd be a strong reason to link
the two. It's actually quite dead at night.
There are a couple of restaurants but
our Marine Parade is not really a
happening place to the same extent that
others are. People love the pathway, that's
hugely popular but you've got heavy traffic
on Marine Parade so you've got to be care-
ful where you walk. Its not easy to just
cross the road; there's one pedestrian cross-
ing,'' she said.
We should be mindful of trying to link
the city and Parade. You've got the sea
literally metres away.''
Adoro Cafe co-owner Jane Greaves says
she is very happy'' with the retention of
the heritage facades and the lack of a Mar-
ine Parade entrance. Having a single
entrance will be good for foot traffic on
Hastings St, she says.
Music Machine owner Richie Jackman
says Farmers is foolish not to have an entry
on Marine Parade. It might suit their busi-
ness but it's not what's best for the city, he
He was also critical of Farmers' lack of
communication with tenants. His business
was in limbo'' waiting to hear when it will
be asked to vacate its Hastings St store,
with suggestions varying from six months
to two years.
Graham Bell of Alexanders Apparel said
the development would be good for Hast-
ings St where a lot of frontages were in
need of a tidy up.
I'd like to think that this will be catalyst
for further development of other buildings
on Hastings St.''
But he is concerned about the absence of
a pedestrian entrance on Marine Parade.
It does create a very long barrier. The
only opportunity left is the Paxies site as an
opportunity for linkage. That's an exciting
prospect if the council could see an oppor-
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