Home' Napier Mail : January 30th 2013 Contents 6 NAPIER MAIL, JANUARY 30, 2013
New Zealand is continuing to experience a two-speed
housing market, with activity and prices ramping up
in Auckland (and to a lesser extent Canterbury) while sales
and price levels remain relatively low in most other regions.
REINZ sales gures, when combined with Quotable Val-
ue s house price index, indicate that New Zealand s housing
market is still weak outside of Auckland. Weak consumer
con dence and concerns about employment and future in-
come are the dominant factors for the rest of New Zealand.
Sales volumes picked up in most of the provincial centers
during the year but generally remained well below peak
volumes seen in 2003 to 2006 - in Napier s case the number
of homes is currently 25% below this period.
In December house sales eased back signi cantly from
90 to 67 in Napier, but adjusting for trading days and
seasonal factors they still remain up on their 2008 - 2011
levels. Although low mortgage rates continue to support
house sales, a weak labour market and rising building
activity are limiting the extent of further sales growth.
ere were no consistent price trends throughout the
year, however, several of the provincial centers showed
signs of value increase in the middle part of the year. But,
like the main centers this faltered in the last few months of
the year. Price changes remain variable in response to local
economic conditions, but in most areas values will remain
Overall, house sales are expected to settle around cur-
rent levels during 2013, due to the weak labour market
and a pick-up in building activity. ere is a possibility
that current low mortgage interest rates and improving
credit availability may help drive up house sales across the
If you would like a more detailed report on the Napier
Property Market please call Cox Partners Estate
Agents on 835-4321 or access our reports on
Malcolm Cox, (06) 835-4321
Malcolm Cox on Property
New Zealands 2 speed market
QV Price Index
% change from Market Peak (December 2007)
Note the di erence in movement between Napier,
Auckland and the New Zealand-wide index.
Workshop, Mindfulness -- Psychology for
Stress Reduction, 6pm, Alive Psychology,
50 Dalton St, Napier, $65, contact
Speedway, 7pm, ZM Meeanee Speedway,
Sandy Rd, Meeanee, $15/$5, families $40,
Concert, The Nukes Viva la Uke tour, 8pm,
The Cabana, Shakespeare Rd, Napier, $20.
Concert, Anthonie Tonnon and She's So
Rad, 8pm, The Cabana, Shakespeare Rd,
Dahlia and Flower Show, 10am to 4pm,
Tamatea Intermediate School, Freyberg Ave,
Tamatea, $2, under 15s free.
Market, antiques, collectibles and crafts,
10am to 3pm, Bay View Hotel, Petane Rd,
Bay View, free.
Concert, Valley Vibes, R18, 3pm, Linden
Estate Winery, SH5, Eskdale, tickets, $50,
Concert, The Hollies, 4.30pm, Church Rd
Winery, Church Rd Napier, for tickets
$69.90/$95 contact 0800 842 538.
Lunch, Pask Winery Great Long Late Lunch,
5.30pm, Marine Parade Domain, Marine
Parade, Napier, for tickets, $100, contact
Concert, Hip-hop night, 8pm, The Cabana,
Shakespeare Rd, Napier, $10.
Children's triathlon, Friendly Dental Ironkids
series, 9am, Ocean Spa, Marine parade,
Concert, Finn Roberts, 2.30pm, The Old
Church, Meeanee Rd, Napier, free.
Concert, Summer in the Park: Duos in the
Park, 3pm, Cornwall Park, Tomoana Rd,
Hastings, free, see: creativehastings.
Concert, Classic Hits Winery Tour: Fat
Freddy's Drop, Anika Boh and Hollie and The
Adults, 4pm, Church Rd Winery, Church Rd,
Napier, for tickets, $65/$75, contact
0800 111 999.
Concert: Summer in the Park: Country in the
Park, 3pm, Cornwall Park, Tomoana Rd,
Hastings, free, see: creativehastings.org.nz.
Doors in right place
A welcome return: Margaret Hay, daughter of architect Louis Hay, and
HBMag director Douglas Lloyd Jenkins in front of the newly-reinstated
The mixture of old and new
features that will make up the
new museum have been added to
with the restoration of the orig-
inal museum's doors.
A significant element of old'
includes the restoration of the
original Louis Hay Hawke's Art
Gallery and Museum building
built in 1936 after the 1931 earth-
quake, to house the region's
treasures,'' said Hawke's Bay
Museum and Art Gallery director
Douglas Lloyd Jenkins.
In the late 1970s the doors of
the Louis Hay building were
relocated to the Century Theatre
The doors have now made their
way back to their rightful home in
Louis Hay's design and will pro-
vide a fitting welcome to visitors
using the archive and associated
gallery spaces of the new
The ornate art deco doors fea-
ture bronze detailing and decora-
tive glasswork and were designed
especially to complete the grand
front entrance to Louis Hay's 1936
art gallery and museum building.
Now reinstated to his original
vision, the doors will again pro-
vide a striking introduction to the
Octagon foyer, where the sculp-
ture known fondly as the Bather'
(Grande Baignante 111, by Emilio
Greco purchased as a memorial to
the first museum director, Leo
Bestall), will once again reside.
The scene will be completed with
the hanging of the vintage chand-
elier that has long lit up this stun-
ning section of the original build-
Mr Lloyd Jenkins acknow-
ledged the importance of the new
building to the region for genera-
tions to come.
The original building is one of
Louis Hay's most significant
works but one that has been over-
looked because of the unsympa-
thetic alterations made to it in the
This [reinstatement] is a key
moment in returning the building
to its position as a major work of
Hay's later career and an Art Deco
building of splendour, ready to
rival the National Tobacco build-
ing in Ahuriri,'' he said.
Art Deco Trust heritage officer
Robert McGregor said the ornate
entrance doors were once used as
a loading bay.
There was to be a matching
gallery on the left of the doors to
match the one on the right, but
after the Second World War star-
ted, building restrictions were in
place,'' said Mr McGregor.
By the time the gallery had the
money to go ahead with the build
in 1954, Louis Hay had died. And
because ornamentation'' was not
only expensive but also no longer
fashionable, this meant the gal-
lery on the left was to be a modern
movement; a stark box.''
In 1977, when construction
started on the Century Theatre,
the ornate entrance had to be
moved along to serve both the
theatre and the museum and it
became a loading dock for short
Ironically the person who drew
up the plans for the destruction of
the original art deco entrance and
convert it into a loading bay was
Mr Art Deco'' himself, Robert
I was working with [architect]
Guy Natusch, and in those days
no one talked about art deco.
Because we hadn't destroyed all of
the heritage features we thought
we were doing a responsible job
preserving the doors and fanlight
and the two lamps on either side,''
Treasures turn up in beach trash
some of the
A single bed base, mattress, a
melted Napier City Council road
cone and shoes were just some of
the items recovered by Marine-
land Rangers during a beach
cleanup this month.
But the most exciting finds
were two messages -- one in a bot-
tle and the other on a stone.
Volunteer Marion Coppelmans
found the message in a bottle,
which had been thrown into the
sea by Kate Watson and her
father Lyndon, just a few days
The message asked the finder to
contact them and ended with the
words: May you always keep a
childlike sense of wonder''.
They were delighted to find
that the bottle contents were dry
and intact and plan to return the
bottle to the ocean,'' said Friends
of Marineland member Emily
The other message had been
written on a stone in 2002 by
Rachel Gordon, who had visited
Napier from Palmerston North on
a school sports exchange.
In 2004 it was found by some-
one else and a further message
added, before being discovered on
Found through the Old Friends
internet site, Ms Gordon was
amazed to learn her'' stone had
been found after all that time.
In 2002 I would have been on
my second visit to Napier for a
school soccer tournament,'' she
I was just 16 at the time.''
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