One of the things that people said they really wanted in Napier after the 1931 earthquake were wide streets.
This was duly incorporated into the rebuild of the city and gives a lovely relaxed feel to the shopping area.
There is also plenty of room for public seating, something achieved here by placing simple large , white geometric Deco inspired forms down the length of the shopping area.
On the top of these seats there are all sorts of Art Deco styled motifs in various tile designs.
Some of these are different, with a more abstract, Pacific and Maori inspired designs within their patterns. These ones were in silver and gold colours.
I didn’t get photographs of them all because naturally enough sometimes people were busy sitting on these seats and well, it’s strange enough to be the kind of foodie photographer who takes photos of their food in a restaurant or cafe before eating … but I draw the line at photographing people’s derrières whilst they sit in public places!
There is one photo that kind of looks like it might have been someone sitting there, rest assured it’s not, it’s a coat that some people in a group next to the seat had put down on it whilst they had a chat close by. I think that they quite rightly figured that the camera lady on crutches wasn’t exactly going to grab it and sprint off it with it!
What was extra nice for me too was that I used these seats as convenient resting places whilst making my way back to where Himself and a kids were, but in the end they met me half way so these are the photos I managed to get during the smaller amount of walking that I did do.