Hawke's Bay Today
Councils flag 2020 changes
Napier City Council has suggested changing its flag to a new one (pictured below left) while Hawke’s Bay Regional Council will discuss changing its name to Environment Hawke’s Bay.
Hawke’s Bay councils are flagging interesting changes to start the year, and one is even considering changing its name. Hawke’s Bay Regional Council deputy chairman Rick Barker wants to change the name to Environment Hawke’s Bay.
It will be discussed at a meeting on Wednesday after Barker submitted a notice of motion to initiate investigations into the change.
Barker said the name change would help the public separate the council from Napier and Hastings councils, and identify its main purpose as environmental.
“The name doesn’t really give people any clue as to what it does,” he said.
During the last election the regional council asked people what they thought the purpose of the council was, and he said many didn’t have any idea.
He feels that changing the name would give people a clearer understanding of the council and its works.
It’s not too much of a change as many other regions, such as Canterbury and Southland, have done the same thing.
But not everyone thinks it’s a good idea, including local government expert Dr Dean Knight who slammed the idea on Twitter, calling it a “dreadful move”.
Meanwhile, Napier City Council has proposed changing the official flag of the city, because the current one does not meet requirements for a flag.
The flag will be discussed at the council’s first meeting of the year on Thursday.
Napier City’s current flag is unusual in that it contains the city’s full coat of arms, which has limitations around who can display it.
The proposed flag, known as a heraldic flag, has been designed to incorporate the shield of the coat of arms and elements such as the roses, waves and “golden fleece”.
The three red roses are taken from the coat of arms of Lord Napier and Ettrick, a direct descendant of Sir Charles Napier, after whom Napier was named.
The wavy undulated blue bands on the shield are the accepted heraldic symbols for coastal towns and denote tourist resorts and ports.
The Golden Fleece is the heraldic symbol of the wool industry, of which Napier is one of the largest centres in New Zealand.
The council was notified in 1995 by the Royal College of Arms in England that a full coat of arms should not be included on the flag.
The council does not know why the change wasn’t made then, the agenda states.
A member of the public recently asked to buy and display the Napier flag, but permission could not be given because the flag contains the entire coat of arms.
After conversation with the Ministry
of Culture and Heritage and a review of the council’s archival records in relation to the flag, a “correct” city flag was designed.
Napier City Council developed its own branding — the Norfolk pine — relatively recently and this design is used for council-related flags and banners.
However the formal flag for Napier City is meant to be presented based on the coat of arms.
The agenda also states that there will be no need for any public consultation as “the correct design of a heraldic flag is a specialised matter and does not trigger council’s significance and engagement policy or any other consultation requirements”.
Councillors have the option in Thursday’s meeting to either adopt the correct heraldic flag of the City of Napier — which would allow members of the public to buy and display the flag if they want to — or to maintain the current flag only, with the full coat of arms. This arrangement would be for council use only.