Napier is a City on the West Coast of North Island. On 3 February 1931, Napier was hit by a
massive (7.8) earthquake and the collapses of buildings and the ensuing fires killed 256 people.
The centre of the town was destroyed and later rebuilt in the Art Deco style popular at that time.
Most of that rebuilding work survives today and creates a unique city centre in the styles of the 1930s -
Stripped Classical, Spanish Mission, and Art Deco.