Pub­lic to de­cide on me­mo­rial

The Napier Mail - - FRONT PAGE - LAURA DOONEY STAFF RE­PORTERS

Napier res­i­dents will be asked for their opin­ions on the de­sign of a new war me­mo­rial, and whether the Napier Con­fer­ence Cen­tre’s name should be re­turned to its orig­i­nal War Me­mo­rial Hall.

Napier City Coun­cil caused a stir last year when it de­cided it would re­lo­cate the roll of hon­our and flame within the hall to Me­mo­rial Square, at the western edge of the CBD, and change the name of the build­ing to Napier Con­fer­ence Cen­tre, as part of a $7.1 mil­lion up­grade.

This sparked a pub­lic back­lash be­cause the build­ing was built in the 1950s as the War Me­mo­rial Hall, with money raised in a pub­lic fundrais­ing cam­paign.

In the face of all that, the coun­cil has now con­firmed the best place to put the roll of hon­our and the eter­nal flame is within a me­mo­rial on the site of the flo­ral clock on Marine Pa­rade, next to the con­fer­ence cen­tre.

Coun­cil­lor Kirsten Wise added amend­ments to coun­cil rec­om­men­da­tions, ask­ing that the ar­chi­tect of the orig­i­nal me­mo­rial hall, Guy Na­tusch, be con­sulted on the de­sign for the new me­mo­rial, and that the ex­ist­ing roll of hon­our stay in stor­age un­til a de­ci­sion over what to do with it was made.

Of­fi­cers would re­port back to the coun­cil with de­tailed de­sign con­cepts and projects costs for the me­mo­rial.

Lo­cals would then be asked what they thought of the de­sign, what should hap­pen to the orig- Leg­endary mu­si­cian Bryan Adams is com­ing to Hawke’s Bay, in what’s said to be one of the biggest gigs the re­gion has seen.

Mu­si­cian Bryan Adams is re­turn­ing to New Zealand in Jan­uary to play four shows as part of his Get Up World Tour.

The leg­endary 57-year-old singer-song­writer, known for hits and was last here in 2013 when he played two packed-out con­certs in Auckland and Welling­ton.

This time around he will per­form at Auckland, New Ply­mouth, Mount Man­ganui, and wind up at Black Barn Vine­yard in Hawke’s Bay on Jan­uary 6.

Thou­sands are ex­pected to flock to the vine­yard’s off site venue in the Tuk­i­tuki Val­ley.

Spe­cial mea­sure are be­ing put in place to make sure ev­ery­thing runs smoothly.

Black Barn Vine­yards event man­ager Fran­cis de Jager said they’d brought the ‘‘world’s best’’ in to help run the gig.

There will be a bus run­ning on a ro­tat­ing sched­ule for peo­ple need­ing trans­port to and from the show.

Dave Dob­byn and the Jor­dan Luck, of The Ex­po­nents, and band will per­form as Adams’ sup­port acts.

Grammy-win­ner Adams rose to fame in North Amer­ica with his 1983 al­bum and turned into a global star with his 1984 al­bum

He has re­leased 14 stu­dio al­bums, in­clud­ing his most re­cent in 2015.

Pre­sented by Nep­tune En­ter­tain­ment and The Breeze, tick­ets go on sale in a cou­ple of weeks. inal roll of hon­our.

Wise said she had spo­ken to many mem­bers of the com­mu­nity over re­cent weeks and the mes­sage she got ‘‘loud and clear’’ was that they were not happy with de­ci­sions the coun­cil had made.

‘‘It’s our re­spon­si­bil­ity to con­sult and lis­ten to what the com­mu­nity is telling us, I don’t be­lieve we should be rush­ing into any de­ci­sions ... we need to get this right.’’

When a ques­tion was asked around any dis­ad­van­tages the amend­ments might bring, mayor Bill Dal­ton said the time it would take to do a full con­sul­ta­tion would be the only thing, but ac­knowl­edged it was im­por­tant to get things right.

Wise said she did not see time as an is­sue.

Coun­cil agreed unan­i­mously to the rec­om­men­da­tions and their amend­ments - and that was met with ap­plause by the small but pas­sion­ate group of peo­ple at the coun­cil meet­ing.

Bryan Adams - his gig at Black Barn Vine­yards is ex­pected to draw thou­sands.

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