New Zealand facts & history in brief
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in Hawke Bay, is one of the
larger city in New Zealand,
with a population of around 60,000.
Hastings its 'twin' city with good
port facilities making it an
important service centre
for the Hawke's Bay province.
Whalers were the first European
visitors to the Ahuriri area
in the 1830s and 1840s.
William Colenso set up a mission
station in 1844, more settlers
arrived in the early 1850s.
In 1858, Ahuriri became the
Hawke's Bay provincial capital.
In 1874, Napier became a borough
and a city in 1950.
Napier is an historic city and
well known for its warm
and sunny climate.
The 1931 Napier earthquake
was one of New Zealand's
It struck the city and the
region on the 3 February,
destroying the town, damaging
Hastings and many
The death toll in the quake and
the following fire was 161 in Napier
and damage was estimated at £5 million.
Aftershocks continued for ten days,
many of them as strong
as the first shock.
The city was rebuilt and now is
known as the best example of
'Art deco' architecture in the country.
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