The Social History Collection is a diverse and exciting collection of just over 10,000 items relating to people, events and organisations of Hawke’s Bay and New Zealand.
The Social History Collection was originally established through collecting military objects, coins and objects relating to famous historical figures. From the 1960s collecting in this department extended to represent a broader spectrum of people and to represent people’s domestic lives. Objects in other departments such as Costume and Textile and the Archives also have social histories.
The Social History Collection has nationally important objects relating to William Colenso including his microscope, organ and a desk which belonged to him and was used by his daughter Fanny. There is also the significant McLean Collection relating to Donald McLean and Douglas Maclean.
The 1931 Hawke’s Bay earthquake and re-building of Art Deco Napier is well represented. As well as documenting domestic life, the collection holds objects that relate to local industries and organisations.
The military holdings of the Social History Collection include a New Zealand Cross medal set awarded to Captain George Preece for bravery and determination during the first attack on Ngātapa Pā. The collection also has numerous objects relating to the New Zealand Land Wars and World War One. One highlight is a Colt revolver owned by Francis Twiselton that was damaged at Gallipoli.
The domestic objects document home life and leisure. These objects were used for housecleaning, laundering, food preparation, child rearing and home entertainment. There are also a collection of toys and games.
Some favourite transport items include the 1903 blue Darraq car, the stage coach which was used on the Napier - Taupo road and the large model of the ship Marere.
Located on Marine Parade, Napier, is the Bay Skate Park - home to skateboarding, BMX, roller derby, inline hockey and scootering.
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Unique Art Deco heritage has been preserved with the skilful addition of modern theatre facilities making it the best provincial performing arts centre in the nation.
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For Napier City residents and citizens to have easy access to see what council are currently working on, completed, what they do, facilities, and council information.
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We offer an all purpose built venue that uniquely combines spectacular outlooks with functional layout.
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Nowhere else in New Zealand will you discover a wider range of marine animals and native species in a single facility than at the National Aquarium of New Zealand.
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The Faraday Centre in Napier, is Hawke's Bay's Museum of Technology. It's a place of discovery where history comes alive through hands on experience.
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strive to Inspire, Educate and Entertain by providing access to information through various resources within our Libraries. We aim to provide more than you expect.
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Situated in the centre of Napier, in the middle of Onekawa Park, the Napier Aquatic Centre is a safe and affordable aquatic facility for everyone.
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We are Hawkes Bay's premier holiday accommodation park providing an array of facilities to keep the entire family entertained.
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Located in the Art Deco city of Napier. We have worked closely with our builders to promote and develop high quality housing within an open-aspect environment.
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Come to Par2 MiniGolf and meet Seamore the Seagull at our sea-side minigolf courses. Challenge your friends and family for a round.
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Visit the Napier i-SITE to find out more about what is happening in Hawkes Bay, from events, activities and accommodation.
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Build on the blossoming national and international interest in William Colenso's life and ideas as the result of the William Colenso Bicentenary Celebrations in Hawke's Bay in 2011, and a body of new publications and research.
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