In 1931, the small coastal town of Napier was forever changed by New Zealand’s worst natural disaster: the Hawke’s Bay earthquake, which reached 7.8 on the Richter scale, claiming 250 lives and razing Napier’s CBD to the ground. The tragedy created a blank canvas for Art Déco, the architecture style that prevailed worldwide in the first half of the 20th century. Napier holds one of the most well-preserved Art Déco ensembles in the world and is currently working to get listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.