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Napier(nā`pēər), city (1993 est. pop. 51,800), E central North Island, New Zealand, on Hawke Bay, close to Hastings. It is a major center for wool, as well as meat, fruit, and dairy exports; tourism is also important to the economy. When Napier suffered a severe earthquake in 1931, it was rebuilt largely in the art decoart deco
or art moderne
, term that designates a style of design that originated in French luxury goods shortly before World War I and became ubiquitously and internationally popular during the 1920s and 30s.
..... Click the link for more information. style, and numerous art deco buildings are now preserved there. It is the seat of an Anglican cathedral.
a city in New Zealand, located on North Island. Population, 41,400 (1972). A port on Hawke Bay, with a railroad station. Napier is the center of an agricultural and lumbering region. Meat packing and refrigeration plants, wool scouring facilities, and vegetable, fruit, and fish canneries are located there. Fertilizer is manufactured from fish meal, and woodworking is carried on.
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