Big Plans

To Build a Home Worthy of Our Collections & Exhibitions

A Message from the Mayor

Redevelopment of the Hawke's Bay Museum and Art Gallery gives us all an opportunity to be part of something great: the creation of an iconic landmark, the construction of a fitting home for our social history, and the building of a community asset we can all be proud of.

This website will give you detailed plans of the new building, information on how you can be part of the fundraising initiatives, a timeline for the project, and a facility to send an electronic postcard to let your friends and family know all about the Hawke's Bay Museum and Art Gallery.

This project is a true collaboration between the community, architects, designers and artists, the Napier City Council and the staff of HBMAG. There are many ways to get involved, from significant contributions to becoming part of the planned digital artwork, which will record the generosity of the Hawke's Bay community.

HBMAG holds some of New Zealand's greatest collections of Maori taonga, as well as rare New Zealand books, photographs, maps and ephemera. It is also home to the story of the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake. We are now tasked with creating a fitting home for these treasures. We must also steadfastly secure the Marine Parade site, on which HBMAG stands, in public ownership, for as many generations as we can practically plan for.

Together, we are undertaking a momentous task. But it is one full of excitement and opportunity. I encourage you to join us.

Barbara Arnott
Mayor of Napier City