|The mosaic designed by local artist, Liz Earth incorporates the poster of the 1933 New Napier Carnival|
This year is the 81stanniversary of the Hawke's Bay Earthquake and the 24th Art Deco Weekend, which is one of the largest events of its type in New Zealand. It is also the 75th anniversary of the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF), hence the theme "A Tribute to Aviation.
With the Art Deco Weekend in full swing we took part in one of the Art Deco Trust's guided tours called "Deep in the Art of Deco Walk". This was a unique opportunity to explore Napier's Art Deco interiors to learn about some of the best-kept secrets. The walk was two hours long and took us inside ten buildings which aren't normally accessible to the public. Starting off at the Prairie style Clive Square Community Centre (1925) we walked down to the Municipal Theatre (1938) to check out the foyer area, followed by the mezzanine of the Daily Telegraph Building (1932).
|The neon lighting in the Municipal Theatre is reminiscent of the Hollywood era|
|The light fittings in the Daily Telegraph Building are replicas of the originals|
|View looking up in the foyer area to the mezzanine floor|
|The internal leadlights of the County Hotel are a mixture of Art Noveau and Deco-eqsue shapes|
|The grand piano in the lobby area of the original 5 star hotel in Napier|
|The original Edwardian exterior of the hotel|
|The Spanish Mission style Hartson's Building was designed by E.A.Williams|
|This is considered one of the finest shop fronts in Napier|
|The building has always been a music shop and was once owned by Neville Hartson|
|Hanging light fitting in the Old AMP Building|
|The safe to the Old AMP Building which is now the New Zealand Wine Centre|
|Heavy bolts indicated an early form of "Constructivism" in the Former Government Buildings|
|The Stripped Classical entrance|
|The external parapet of the ASB Bank has an authentic Whakairo design|
|The impressive coffered ceiling is bordered by a Kowhaiwhai design|
|In corner of the ceiling panels are Taiahas (spearheads)|
|Etched glass Art Deco design in the doors of Devon House|
|The building's glass ceiling was revealed after it was refurbished in the mid 1990s|
|Foyer area with additional mezzanine floor|
|Sainsbury, Logan & Williams Building has always been the offices of Hawke's Bay oldest legal firm|
|The glass dome in all its glory|
Throughout the streets there were lots of people dressed up in the 1930s style to get in the mood for the weekend and there were plenty of vintage cars on show. There were all sorts of makes and models pre-dating 1946 including Fords, Buicks, Chryslers, Jaguars, Plymouths, Rolls Royces, plus many others. It's possibly the greatest number of classic cars I've ever since all in one place.
|A vintage Rolls Royce|
|A dapper gentlemen admiring a classic Austin car|
|A Chrysler hood ornament similar to the ones found on the Chrysler Building in New York|
|Possibly one of the most famous Art Deco buildings in the world, the Chrysler Building|
|The RNZAF Red Checkers were thrilling crowds above the Colonnade|
|Some impressive helicopter manoeuvres in front of the Veronica Sunbay|
The real highlight of the evening was the Big Sounds Tonight event at the Sound Shell. As the sun was setting over Hawkes Bay, the Hawke's Bay Jazz Club Big Band we're playing all the hits from 1930s to a decent size crowd in the Colonnade. People were dancing at the front of the Sound Shell and plenty of others brought folding chairs to get a decent view of the stage.
|Hawke's Bay Jazz Club Big Band on the Sound Shell|
In the interval we had time to check out a World War II search light down by the main beach and to take some pictures of the colourful Tom Parker fountain as it was providing a visual spectacle with it's lights and water jets display.
|Lizzie by the World War II searchlight|
|The enchanting Tom Parker Fountain|