What's in a name? Apparently a lot, especially when it comes to Napier's new viewing platform. Or is it a pier?
The Napier City Council has defended criticism of its $1.4 million viewing platform constructed on Marine Parade.
The cost of the platform comes out of the $2.6 million set aside for the entire Napier CBD stormwater upgrade.
The 67-metre-long structure is halfway along Marine Parade and stops just at the water's edge.
Council chief executive Wayne Jack says the platform's main purpose is to cover up an "unattractive stormwater outfall" and the unique view of Hawkes Bay is just a bonus.
"It was never designed as a pier and it would be irresponsible of Napier City Council to undertake that kind of development as it would be extremely costly to ratepayers," he says.
The Council says the unfinished upgrade is their way of making sure it has the right infrastructure to deal with extreme weather events.
Mr Jack says it'll become an icon on the parade and expects people to use it for weddings.
The project’s been a long time coming, with the Council setting aside money for the upgrade since 1995.
It should be in action by Christmas.