Jan and Stephen are very passionate about the West Coast, the outdoors and the environment and as such endeavour to ensure they make their environmental footprint as small as possible.
Breakers is set in a sensitive environment with its beachfront location and Paparoa mountain range in behind. There is a section of native bush at the entrance to the property that has Maori significance and as such a covenant has been put on the Certificate of Title for the land ensuring this piece of bush is never removed for development. For Jan and Stephen this is exciting as Jan has Maori heritage and likes the fact this property she fell in love with back in 2004 has Maori connections. They have done some research and unfortunately are unable to find out the exact Maori significance other than a type of Maori Pa – being a cooking site or possible burial site at some stage.
Due to their rural location and Jan’s Maori heritage and as a typical part of Maori culture, they do ask for removal of shoes inside. Clean slippers are provided for indoors.
Most people know of the three Rs in relation to the environment – reduce, reuse and recycle. Jan and Stephen try to reduce their rubbish accumulation for the most part and reuse when possible with recycling being the last resort. They monitor where their goods are coming from to ensure sustainable best practice is used and buy and support local whenever possible.
Jan and Stephen are constantly working on their gardens and during the last two winters are happy to report the inclusion of a greenhouse and vegetable garden plots. There is nothing quite like getting fresh herbs and vegetables from your own garden sources.
To further reduce the environmental footprint at Breakers they monitor their electric and water usage and reduce both as much as possible turning off appliances, switches etc, using energy efficient electrical items and invite guests staying at Breakers to do the same. We use environmental friendly in-room toiletries and cleaning products and donate any unwanted items to charity.
At Breakers we have a strong community commitment particularly with the local wildlife. We work with and support the West Coast Penguin Trust, local SPCA and Paparoa Wildlife Trust as well as making annual donations including giving 50 cents from each room night booked to each of the organisations.
We have on occasion heard Kiwis in our backyard – a very exciting sound to hear as you lay in bed and you often see the footprints of the penguins as they enter or exit the beach below. We do call them elusive as we have only seen them a couple of times for ourselves as they come in for the evening from their day’s sea activities.
We hope our valued guests leave Breakers knowing that their support and actions help us maintain and enhance our lovely region of the West Coast and of New Zealand and ensure our country remains a wonderful place to visit for all.