Jan and Stephen are very passionate about the West Coast, the outdoors and the environment and as such endeavor to ensure they make their environmental footprint as small as possible. We are proud to support and follow the Tiaki Promise - a commitment to care for NZ now and for future generations, acting as guardians to protect and preserve our home.
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 - a Wahi Tapu meaning sacred place or sacred site 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 through the Ngai Tahu iwi with descentants who were Ngai Tahu Elders back in the mid 1800s. Ngai Tahu is the main iwi of the South Island and the fact this property she fell in love with back in 2004 has Maori connections gives her all the more reason for believing things were "meant to be" Jan is still researching the exact Wahi Tapu for the property.
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.
At Breakers we collect their own rain water and as such all drinking water is safe, fresh and delicious. Bringing plastic bottled water is not necessary when staying at Breakers and you are welcome to refill your water bottles for your onward journey. If you prefer carbonated water we can do this for you with our "sodastream" machine. Thanks to a local farmer here in Greymouth - CJ's Milk, we have reduced the amount of plastic from milk bottles going to recycling as we use Raw Milk direct from the farm collected in washable resuable glass bottles.
We are constantly working on the gardens at Breakers 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 we monitor our 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. Through our actions and together with our customer service we are proudly awarded Qualmark Gold under the Sustainable Tourism Business Awards Criteria.
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 ensuring the Tiaki Promise.