There was a catastrophic earthquake in 1931 which pretty much levelled most of the town and the buildings that didn't succumb to the earthquake in the CBD, were largely taken in the fires that followed.
And hence Napier was rebuilt over the following years in an era where the Art Deco style was all the rage.
Much taken for granted until nearly two decades ago, we now have an annual celebration 'Art Deco Weekend' which sees 10's of thousands of people come from all over the country (and the world) to take part in the various organised events - free and otherwise celebrating the era when gramophones and flapper dresses were in vogue.
It's really quite a sight to wander down the street and see a mix of people dressed in current day and art deco style - vintage cars and modern, you can even look in the sky and see the red checker (spelling?) acrobatic planes in one direction and an Air NZ ATR72 doing it's normal run in the other - I never quite get used to it!
This year, my boys were participants in the 'Soap Box Derby' and so we spent several hours in town soaking in the atmosphere and sights. Isn't it amazing?!!
|Personally ... I wouldn't stand there!|
|A fabulous aerial display that went on for hours|
|They had the crowd dancing!|
|I would love to know what this style of singing is called - it was similar to barber shop but with women (obviously!)|
|Carts lined up and ready|
|the start of the dancing|
|Some seriously well restored vintage cars|
|wonder how the dogs are enjoying the ride in the baskets?|
|A ticketed lunch with bubbles|
|My boys :)|
|all manner of carts|
|Part of the Great Gatsby Picnic|
|Cake plates and crystal abounds!|
|Check out the chair coverings!|