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Entrant: Ngapae Holiday Park Ltd

City: Awanui

Website: https://www.ngapaeholidaypark.co.nz

About My Business

Ngapae is the historical name for the area that we operate. Significant to the iwi of Ngāi Takoto. Ngapae Holiday Park is an accommodation provider and function venue situated along Te Oneroa a Tohe (90 Mile Beach). There are 23 cabins and an eco-cabin in development. We incorporate practices that help us, and our manuhiri, lessen the impact made on our natural environment. We operate a stringent waste management system with dedicated staff, have a local farmer collect our food waste for his pig farm, we have water conservation posters in all rooms, are TIA certified in sustainability, we compost and also encourage "pre-cycling" a practice that encourages guests to bring their food in reusable containers. We are part of a small community and eco-system that have all been battered by COVID-19 restrictions, so instead of deducting referral commissions, we connect our guests and tour services directly as an act of support as we all rebuild together. We are a community hub with hot desk spaces for those who want to spend a day using our dining area to do their work and we hire out the function room for events. We have a network of local businesses to help our guests of all types make the most of their experience.

Why We Should Win The Peoples Choice Award

Ngapae Holiday Park is an accommodation provider and function venue situated along Te Oneroa a Tohe (90 Mile Beach). There are 23 cabins and an eco-cabin in development. There are also 92 camp sites. We incorporate practices that help us, and our manuhiri, lessen the impact made on our natural environment I'm a number of ways. Firstly, acknowledging local history by reverting the name back to its historical name- Ngapae, an area significant to the iwi of Ngāi Takoto. The kupu reo used for this area after a whale stranding. Secondly, with every booking at the moment, we are donating a native tree to community planting groups. This happens every year to commemorate Matariki, the Maori New Year. This is our third year doing this this. We operate a stringent waste management system with dedicated staff, have a local farmer collect our food waste for his pig farm, we have water conservation posters in all rooms, are TIA certified in sustainability, we compost and also encourage "pre-cycling" a practice that encourages guests to bring their food in reusable containers. We are part of a small community and eco-system that have all been battered by COVID-19 restrictions, so instead of deducting referral commissions, we connect our guests and tour services directly as an act of support as we all rebuild together. We are a community hub with hot desk spaces for those who want to spend a day using our office to do their work and we hire out the function room for events. We have a network of local businesses to help our guests of all types make the most of their experience. We started with a vision to create a community hub that accommodates all types of guests and events. We have hosted large events such as Kelston Boys Highschool Rugby training camp, ABC Blowcart Club, Snapper Bonanza angler, Sport Northland Forest Run to seasonal Te Araroa Trail walkers and are a registered accommodation provider. We consistently market ourselves to cater to all types and I think that is very important in our current environment. The pandemic helped us build resilience and adaptability as we went from being fully booked out to nobody. The solution was easy, remembering our core values and vision- our people, our community and iwi. I developed a business expo, past lockdown, that attracted 32 businesses to exhibit their products and services in our hire room for one month. Creating a network of local businesses not only helped these businesses extend their market reach, encourage positivity, but also developed our own list of providers to add as an additional service to those staying here or booking the venue. Cake makers, party planners, caterers, photographers etc. Community support post lockdown to help eachother grow resilient sustainable businesses whilst supporting local and rebuilding the local economy. We hosted Fire and Energency NZ during one of NZ's largest bushfire where over 100 fire crew set up camp here during lockdown. Here is a radio interview about it: https://tku.nz/p.Fxt Our manuhiri make our mahi worthwhile and knowing that we can create employment and training opportunities maintains our focus during trying times. During lockdown we transitioned into long-term accommodation for those who were either displaced due to COVID-19 or other reasons. We made a certain amount of cabins available and developed our own independent housing structure, with no government funding allocated to us, we were able to guide our guests, give our attention to their social needs and see them progress through to positive outcomes. Either into mahi or from hardships like anxiety to being our social butterfly standing tall and proud when coming to pay rent. These unseen things helped us stand tall feel proud and feel like we were contributing to a picture bigger than ourselves. We didn't lose any staff. Our longtermers transitioned themselves into their next stages of life and now we are entering a new phase back into tourism, without pressure of borders opening and being rushed out, these changes were in their hands. A delicate process that allowed us true human grassroots connections with our people. We love our community, love our staff, value their contribution and work hard to try to give back as best as we can.


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