Tremains Art Deco Weekend

Tremains Art Deco Weekend, in association with Gemco, 18th - 22nd February, 2015

Tremain Real Estate is the principal sponsor of Napier’s most iconic event, the Tremains Art Deco Weekend. The Hawke’s Bay landscape boasts one of the largest concentrations of Art Deco buildings in the world. Art Deco has shaped our community and it is a privilege to support the event that celebrates it.

More than that, the Tremains Art Deco Weekend brings national and international visitors to our region. It showcases not only our architecture and history but also our culture, food, wines and hospitality. The boost to the local economy is huge with 30,000 visitors enjoying Napier at its best for five fun-filled and sun-filled days.

Tremains Art Deco Weekend is an event like no other. It is well-loved by our community. We get behind it, we participate and we all celebrate this wonderful region we get to call home.

Tremains Art Deco Weekend officially kicked off on Tuesday 17th at 9am this year. We joined local Iwi, the Art Deco Trust, Napier City Council and Te Matau a Maui Voyaging Trust for a Powhiri at Napier’s Inner Harbour to open the festivities. The Powhiri featured Te Matau a Maui being welcomed into the Marina by local kaumatua and kappa haka groups.

The Vintage Car Parade started on Saturday 21st at 12.30pm. This free to view event saw the cars crawl from Clive Square to Marine Parade via Lower Emerson Street and Upper Emerson Street, finishing at the Hawke’s Bay Toyota Sound Shell Show and Shine where the participants flaunted their cars and costumes. This year’s parade was led by an awesome collection of Auburns, Cords and Dusenbergs. Our lead car was the Duesenberg Model J, a car that once belonged to the highest paid actress of the 1930s, Carole Lombard, wife of Clark Gable.

Another highlight of the weekend was the Soap Box Derby. We saw home-made carts whizz down Tennyson Street at 10.30am on the Sunday. Tremains took out the sponsors challenge later in the day.

Everybody’s favourite weekend event returned this year- The Gatsby Picnic. This was a free event that was held at 1pm on Sunday on the lawn next to the Tom Parker Fountain. We witnessed a crowd of dapper gents and elegantly dressed ladies listen to jazz bands and sip on Earl Grey and Bubbly throughout the day.

Throughout the weekend Tremains, once again, held a stand on Emerson Street, outside Starbucks, where water and programmes were given out.

The Tremains Art Deco Weekend is a stunning celebration of the beautiful buildings, the era, the courageous rebirth of the city, and, most importantly, the spirit of the people who worked so tirelessly in its reconstruction.

It was a great weekend in which we remembered Art Deco fashion, music, vintage cars, planes, steam trains, dance and charm.