A bench outside the office was erected in memory of a longstanding guest, Peter Burgess.
Peter had been a regular guest, almost from the day the motel opened in 1985.
The area outside the office was a dark and unwelcoming area with four pine trees causing both the office and Unit 11 to be very dark.
For many years Peter had suggested we chop the trees down and open up the entrance way to the office. We finally acknowledged Peters’ suggestion and felled the trees, replacing them with shrubs, lighting and a water feature in readiness for Peter’s next visit. Sadly Peter died the day before he was to check in.
We arranged for Peter’s wife and daughter to visit and had a small ceremony of remembrance at which time we placed a plaque on the bench.
As part of our commitment to our local community we have chosen to purchase and display art created by local students.
You will note in the units items of work created by Year 12 and 13 students from Mangere College, Aorere College and Otahuhu College.
The subject commissioned was simply “Manukau” and the art shows the fusion of Polynesian flair, colour and vibrancy with the industry for which South Auckland is famed and highlighting views of Auckland’s iconic volcano, Rangitoto.
Artists displayed are ‘Madison” from Mangere College, Jason Havea from Aorere College and David Thompson from Otahuhu College
About 12 years ago we had several men from the same company staying with us for a period of time. They would arrive on a Sunday and leave on a Friday. Sometimes they were obliged to stay for a fortnight or so without going home.
The next day I placed a large Teddy Bear on his pillow and awaited his reaction. He laughed when he came over to see me but it was the reaction of his co-workers in other units that was really amusing. They sulked and pouted that he was getting special treatment in having a Teddy companion, so the next day I was obliged to go out and purchase Teddy Bears for the rest of the units. We have dressed them up with big ribbons and they look quite striking as “bed art”.
The unit Teddy’s have all had quite a few adventures over the years. One guest actually kidnapped one and the next day the Teddy arrived back in a Courier van, artfully displayed in the middle of a huge bunch of flowers with an attached note apologising for running away. This day is still referred to as “Big Ted’s Day Out”
Another couple took great delight in leaving their Teddy in different positions in their unit. One day he would be sitting on the toilet reading the newspaper and another day we found him with an empty bottle of beer, sitting askew in front of the TV. Ahh, if only they could talk!!