HISTORY OF NAPIER CITY PETANQUE CLUB INC
In 1995 Noel Hunt put a notice in the paper to try and get a petanque club going in the Bay. We first played on the beach at East Pier and members consisted of Noel Hunt, Derek and Olive Wright, Mary Hamilton and Dawn Gardiner.
We then played at McDonalds Winery, which had two pistes, and eventually had a meeting under the trees at the winery with over 20 people attending where Napier Petanque Club was formed. We also played at Kennedy Park and our membership grew very quickly to around 70 members.
In August 1996 Napier Bowling Club extended an invitation to us to take over one of their bowling greens and convert it to a petanque terrain. We were also invited to use their facilities. It was agreed to relocate and the club was officially opened there by the then Mayor, Alan Dick, in October 1996.
In May 1999 the bowling club officially closed so we no longer had the use of their facilities and had to bring large flasks of hot water for afternoon teas. The Hawke’s Bay Cricket Club allowed us to use their toilets, meeting room, lounge and dining room as long as we did not interfere with their operations. Our existing kitchen and toilet was built in May 2003 with Napier Pipe Band letting us share their electricity connection and a clubroom was built in March 2006. Napier City Petanque Club Inc. was incorporated in 2006
The Club’s premier event, the Hawke’s Bay Classic Doubles Championship was first held in 1997 and we have held it every year since in September or October.
Special thanks to Olive and Derek Wright for their help and especially Ngaire Billing for their help putting together the history of our club.