The 1931 earthquake was a disaster for Napier because it resulted in serious loss of life and property. But, as this film clip from 1950 shows, it allowed the previously water-bound town to grow – the inner harbour was lifted above sea level and was soon built upon.
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Reference: Weekly Review 442. National Film Unit, 1950
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