Summer writing inspirations – a slice of California in the South Pacific

It’s summer in New Zealand (at last) and I thought I’d run a short series of summer writing inspiration posts. Today’s is the Marewa shopping centre in Napier, New Zealand, one summery evening.

Marewa shopping centre in the early evening light.
Marewa shopping centre in the early evening light.

This was the city’s first suburban shopping centre, serving Marewa – Napier’s ‘art deco Hollywood’ suburb, built from the late 1930s on land uplifted by a disastrous earthquake of 1931. It tells a story of the dreams of those who built it, looking for inspiration to the magic of the movies and the world of Hollywood, far away on the other side of the Pacific. Copyright © Matthew Wright 2014

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