Tom Parker Fountain, Napier, New Zealand

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Tom Park Fountain, Napier, New Zealand. Napier is New Zealand’s Art Deco town – completely rebuilt in 1931 after an earthquake. Tom Parker owned a men’s outfitters shop in Hastings Street and was a colourful town character who made many gifts to worthy causes and to the city.

On one of his regular visits to Britain he was impressed by a modern, illuminated fountain at Bournemouth. On returning to Napier he donated £1,000 for a similar fountain which was built on an area previously occupied by a children’s playground.

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